WA Climate Science Initiative connecting nationally

June 27, 2024

Our Climate Science Initiative team has been assisting in organising workshops and events with key national stakeholder, the National Environmental Science Program (NESP) over the past two months.

In late May, the team co-hosted a workshop at the State Library to bring together people working in biodiversity management, including policy-makers and regulators, to assist in the development of a guidance platform called Adapt Land&Sea.

The platform will help with gathering and accessing relevant and current information and tools for climate adaptation planning across Australia, Climate Science Initiative Program Manager Sharna Nolan said.

“Participants reflected on frameworks for and constraints on decision-making and pointed to the need for consistent quality and accessible information including higher resolution climate data, meteorological information, data visualisation frameworks, triaging tools and Traditional Owner inputs, among others,” she said.

Last month the team also coordinated Western Australian attendance at a NESP Climate Systems Hub workshop on tropical cyclones.

The workshop was part of the broader Regional Climate Change Guidance for Local Action project and focused on analysing past trends on tropical cyclones in Australia and considered the risks of tropical cyclones moving further south. The project aimed to improve understanding of regional climate hazards and extremes, Sharna said.

“Its results will help people working in the field of climate change across Australia better apply localised climate information and projections to hazards and extremes, including wind, heat and fire weather conditions, and their impacts on human and natural systems,” she said.

Workshop participants discussed what kinds of data were needed, as well as the importance of involving local government in infrastructure discussions because of the localised nature of adaptation.

Learn more about the Climate Science Initiative.


This article is republished from the Government of Western Australia. Read the original article here.

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