National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)

Griffith University

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People looking at beach erosion by NCARF

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) supports decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. NCCARF's current three year program (2014-17) is to address the adaptation needs of decision makers and practitioners, especially in the coastal zone, as they deal with projected impacts such as more frequent and more intense heatwaves, increasing risk of flooding from rivers and the sea, and increasing coastal erosion. Based at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, NCCARF has a national focus to build resilience to climate change in government, NGOs and the private sector.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Climate adaptation
  • Knowledge brokering
  • Science communication
  • Knowledge synthesis
  • Climate science

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


Level 4, Building G39, Griffith University, Parklands Drive, Southport, 4222

Lead researchers

  • Professsor Jean Palutikof—Over 200 publications, Review Editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report for Working Group II
  • Doctor David Rissik—Developing and implementing CoastAdapt, a tool/framework/resource centre to support coastal decision makers

Achievements of the centre

Organisation type

  • National Research Facility

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