Despite considerable knowledge about climate change and its impacts on marine and terrestrial habitats in coastal ecosystems, there has been very little change in the way coasts are governed in Australia. The local governments responsible for coastal management do not always get the science-based information at the scales they require.
We’ve established the National Centre for Coasts and Climate (NCCC) at the University of Melbourne to work with stakeholders to identify the best ways of addressing climate change impacts in Australian coastal ecosystems. Through the NCCC we’re investigating how coastal vegetated habitats store carbon, and how climate change is likely to impact on coastal erosion. We’ll use this knowledge to develop ecological engineering solutions to enhance the capacity of coastal ecosystems to adapt to climate change.
Check out the Earth Systems and Climate Change hub website here - “National Centre for coasts and climate.”