CoastAdapt: A climate risk management tool for coastal Australia

Submitted by Robin Hocquet | published 1st Dec 2020 | last updated 17th May 2021
Introduction to CoastAdapt
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Platform summary

CoastAdapt is an online coastal climate risk management framework developed by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) to support adaptation to coastal climate change and sea-level rise.

CoastAdapt includes tools and information on the science of climate change, risks, effective response options, and likely costs of action. It makes use of national data sets and research outputs developed over the past 5 years by Australian scientific organisations and includes clear guidance on good practice and links to case studies.

Host organisation: CoastAdapt was developed by NCCARF, a research facility based at Griffith University. 

Launch date: 2017

Update status: Last update in January 2020

Funding: Development was funded by the Australian Government. There is no funding for on-going management which has to be done in the margins of other activities. 

Team: The CoastAdapt team is composed of 3-4 people, mainly updating information about climate change and about regulatory/planning legislation frameworks, as well as fixing broken links and keeping the data portals functioning. 

Main functions:

  • Raising awareness on the need for climate change adaptation
  • Providing guidance on how to undertake adaptation
  • Providing quantitative data for adaptation decision-making
  • Providing decision-support tools for adaptation decision-making
  • Sharing adaptation solutions and case studies

Intended audiences:

  • City and regional-level decision-makers
  • Local government

Focus sectors for the platform:

  • Coastal planning

Why the platform was established

The Australian Government recognised that coastal local governments were poorly prepared in terms of both knowledge and tools to manage the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. CoastAdapt was seen as a way to raise adaptive capacity and incentivise action.