Climate Change Adaptation - projects

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31 October 2012Climate change adaptation toolkit: a comprehensive guide to planning for climate change adaptation in three steps
The Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit has been developed by the Net Balance Foundation in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong and RMIT University’s Climate Change Adaptation Program. The Toolkit has been developed to provide guidance on how to integrate climate change risk management into organizational processes and decisions (i.e. mainstream climate change adaptation) and support robust decision making in the face of various types of uncertainty.
30 September 2012Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate
This seed grant focused on developing a (successful) proposal to be funded in 2011 that aims to make a substantial contribution to the growing climate change risk and adaptation knowledge base with regards ‘climate change and ports’ in Victoria, and more specifically to develop state-of-the-art assessment methodologies and decision support toolkits which will help to inform infrastructural, functional, and institutional responses to climate change.
30 November 2013Implementing tools to increase adaptive capacity in the community and natural resource management sectors
The project analyses the climate-change adaptation needs of three types of government service providers and funded agencies. It facilitates the implementation and testing of a number of adaptation tools, including an adaptation evaluation matrix to guide future decision-making and to ensure they are 'fit for purpose'.
31 December 2013Learnings for adaptation from improved disaster management policies and planning
This project is reconceptualising the framing of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction to identify possible modifications to existing policy and planning tools.
31 December 2013Responding to the UHI: optimising the implementation of green infrustructure
This project aims to assess the effectiveness of different green infrastructure systems for urban cooling and to develop a systematic approach for urban land managers to optimise the selection and implementation of green infrastructure options.

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Finish Date Project
The program publishes 'AdaptNet', a fortnightly bulletin of information and research related to urban adaption. (ongoing activity)
30 June 2011Agent-based modelling and emergency response
A multi-disciplinary project that is exploring the value of using agent-based modelling as a decision support tool for better informing responses to, in this instance, bush fires.
31 May 2010An extensible agent-based framework for exploring climate change adaptation
To develop an extensible agent based simulation framework which enables exploration of cities’ response to climate change adaptation issues.
30 November 2010Climate change and health in Regional Victoria
This participatory research activity set out identify and better understand the likely climate risks for vulnerable regional communities in Victoria, to improve understanding of the factors that increase vulnerability for each of these communities (in relation to human health), and to begin to map out effective adaptation strategies and how best to build local adaptive capacity.
1 November 2010Climate change and tourism in Nepal
This project focuses on tourism and climate change, namely to identify and assess the opportunities and risks of climate change for tourism in the Mount Kailash Sacred Landscape region of Nepal, as well as evaluate options for tourism as a feasible adaptation strategy for its communities.
OngoingClimate change toolkits for secondary cities in Vietnam and Bangladesh
This project aims to develop and test a methodology for the assessment of climate risks in the context of secondary cities of vulnerable regions in Bangladesh and Vietnam with a view to informing adaptation guidance.
31 December 2011Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) – Local adaptation project
This collaborative project works closely with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment’s Environmental Policy and Climate Change division, to develop guidance materials on how DSE staff can successfully conduct and support planning for climate change adaptation at the local and regional scales.
OngoingFraming adaptation responses in the Victorian context
This project aims to develop and test an operational framing of climate change adaptation, which will act as a decision-making ‘roadmap’ to better inform policy and practice by Victorian authorities at the local and regional levels.
31 August 2011Integrated disaster and climate change capacity, vulnerability and assessment methodologies
Development of integrated disaster and climate change capacity, vulnerability and assessment toolkit.
OngoingOnline decision support toolkit for climate resilient seaports
The Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP), with the support of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), is working with the seaports sector to create an online decision support tool to provide better information for climate risk management and inform appropriate adaptation strategies for Australian seaports and related industries. The project is a collaboration with the RMIT eResearch office and the CSIRO.
30 November 2030RMIT University: climate change risk assessment
This project aims to assess RMIT’s climate change risks and develop an adaptation response of the university.
31 July 2010The impact of the 2009 heatwave on Melbourne’s critical infrastructure
This research project focused on the impact of heat on the critical infrastructure of Melbourne; namely energy, transport, water, and telecommunications. It examined risks and adaptation measures for each part of the urban system, and concluded by outlining some of the challenges faced by these sectors in dealing with the effects of heatwaves.
30 November 2010Understanding the City of Melbourne’s heat island through time and space
This research activity is a pilot project which aims to create a temperature analysis for the City of Melbourne. The main objective is to gain a better understanding of the urban heat island phenomenon, using GIS and Remote Sensing methodologies to investigate heat variation both over time and according to different urban form.
28 February 2012Urban disaster risk management
Support to ADPC for training course and DRR primers.