Coastal Adaptation Resources Database

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The Australian coastline is renowned for its beautiful beaches and towns.
These iconic places are an important part of the lives of most Australians. It's where we live, work, play and holiday. But what does the future hold for these iconic areas? 
Our coasts are used for many purposes such as urban and industrial development, fishing, recreation and tourism, marine protected areas, ports and dredging, and offshore oil and gas developments.
Coastal ecosystems and human communities also face mounting pressure from loss of wetlands, pollution, population growth and climate change. 
"Climate change will lead to considerable risks to assets and productivity in the coastal zone, which will impact on communities. These risks may include more frequent inundation of coastal infrastructure and settlements, increased damage costs to households, more regular disruption to service delivery in areas affected by flooding, loss of natural ecosystems, reduced asset life from accelerated corrosion and degradation, possible reduced access to affordable insurance cover, loss of public and private land through erosion, and greater expenditure on asset repair and maintenance. In a number of coastal areas climate change is likely to require investment in protective works and asset strengthening, or in planned retreat." (Australian Government)
Global average sea level rose 15 cm in the 20th Century. During the 21st century it will rise up to a further 77cm, and will keep rising thereafter. (IPCC)
A major three-year research program the Coastal Collaboration Cluster, funded by the CSIRO, has developed approaches to better connect climate science with the needs of governments, communities and industries in meeting these challenges. The cluster's research covers most of southern Australia.
The research of the Coastal Collaboration Cluster has identified ways to improve the application of climate science to coastal policy, planning and management, so that Australia can enhance coastal sustainability and resilience. The Coastal Adaptation Resources Database is one output of the Cluster’s research.