Australian Universities, Government Research and the Application of Climate Change Knowledge in Australian Coastal Zone Management
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Stocker, L and Pokrant, P and Wood, D and Harvey, N and Haward, MG and O'Toole, K and Smith, T, Australian Universities, Government Research and the Application of Climate Change Knowledge in Australian Coastal Zone Management, Universities and Climate Change, Springer, Walter Leal Filho (ed), Berlin, Germany, pp. 31-46. ISBN 978 3 642 10750 4 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]
© 2010, Springer Berlin Heidelberg. One of the key issues in Australia for sustainable management of the coastal zone is that the science of climate change has not been widely used by decision-makers to inform coastal governance. There exist opportunities to enhance the dialogue between knowledge-makers and decision-makers, and universities have a key role to play in researching and fostering better linkages. At the heart of these linkages lies the principle of more informed engagement between historically disparate groups. In Australia, the new ‘Flagship’ research programme, funded by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), emphasizes their partnering with universities in a more systematic and collaborative manner than previously achieved in such research projects. In order to address sustainability in general and coastal adaptation to climate change in particular, interdisciplinary learning needs to occur between the social and natural sciences; also, transdisciplinary understanding of that interaction needs to be fully developed. New methods of communicative engagement such as computer visualizations and animations, together with deliberative techniques, can help policy-makers and planners reach a better understanding of the significance of the science of climate change impacts on the coast. Deeper engagement across historically disparate groups can lead to the development of epistemological and methodological synergies between social and natural scientists, adaptive learning, reflexive governance, and greater analytical and deliberative understanding among scientists, policymakers and the wider public. This understanding can lead in turn to enhance coastal governance for climate adaptation on the coast.
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