Griffith University to host National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Griffith University and the Queensland Government, through its Queensland Climate Change Centre of Excellence and Department of Emergency Services, won the Australian Greenhouse Office’s competitive bid through establishing a consortium with Macquarie University, Murdoch University, Queensland University of Technology, the University of Newcastle, University of Southern Queensland, James Cook University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. The collective expertise of these institutions spans the full range of disciplines driving the national adaptation agenda, including climatology, hydrology, ecology and conservation biology, statistics, engineering, psychology, urban planning, architecture, law and policy, community development and social research.
Griffith University Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor believes the facility is well positioned to capitalise on Griffith’s strengths in multidisciplinary and collaborative research.
“This facility brings together regional leaders to provide a local focus for solutions of global significance,” Professor O’Connor said.
“Griffith University has already demonstrated national leadership in climate adaptation research by establishing a Climate Response Program led by Professor Jan McDonald that examines the social, economic and environmental dimensions of climate adaptation.
“We recognise the importance of involving the end-users of adaptation research — the decision-makers in government, industry, the private sector and the community — in the identification of research priorities and design of research projects to meet these priority needs.
“Our commitment to collaboration is reflected in the broad research networks in which our individual researchers are involved, and in the impressive number of consortium partners.”
South-East Queensland is a strategically important location for the NCCARF, being the only region identified by the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council as a vulnerability hotspot for each of the priority areas of natural systems and biodiversity; cities and coasts; water; health; infrastructure; and agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
By: Maureen Frame, 13 Nov 2007