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Adapting the western region of Adelaide for climate change

Read the full report of the AdaptWest Climate Change Adaptation Plan (PDF)

In a hurry? – read the Executive Summary (PDF)

Want more detail? – read the research papers

AdaptWest in Action - read the AdaptWest 3 year Action Plan 

Climate Change and Coastal Flooding - read the Coastal and Inundation Modelling Phase 3 Report 

Vulnerable households and extreme heat - read the AdaptWest Report - Residential Building Retrofit for Climate Adaptation 


Urban Heat and Trees Online Mapping Viewer

The AdaptWest councils in collaboration with a team of other Adelaide metropolitan councils, the State Government and project consultant Aerometrex, have built upon the metro wide urban heat data to also include a tree canopy map.

An online Viewer enables the user to zoom into an area of interest to view tree canopy alongside urban heat, building footprints, tree health and social vulnerability layers.

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology was used to capture the high resolution, three-dimensional tree data by flying over the metropolitan Adelaide study area.  A special camera onboard the plane emits infrared laser pulses, and records how long it takes for the pulse to travel to the earth and back. This allows for calculation of the location, extent and height of objects that the laser pulse interacts with (e.g. trees, power lines, buildings, and the ground). This means that a tree's leaves, branches and trunk can be ‘imaged’, along with the ground and any other objects beneath it.

These maps can provide a useful visual tool for benchmarking canopy cover and tree height at a point in time, which can be replicated in the future to track tree loss or gain trends. Not only do these maps provide a benchmark, they can help develop greening and cooling initiatives, and demonstrate the benefits in retaining trees and expanding urban canopy.



Estuary Care Foundation

Check out this great video from the Estuary Care Foundation which advocates for the Port Adelaide community to be protected from flooding, using environmentally friendly seawalls.




Living Smart Port Adelaide Enfield Course

Living Smart is a 7 week course run online (via Zoom) on Tuesday evenings.

Starting next Tuesday night (4th August) through to 15th September, 7pm - 9pm


Meet others who care about our environment and learn practical ways to live more lightly.

Through creative activities, group learning/sharing and guest speakers, you will delve into a series of topics (living simply, gardening, energy, water, waste, healthy homes, healthy you and community) and leave armed with practical ideas to make lasting changes in your life and your local community.

Everyone is welcome.

This course is suitable for everyone; from those that already know lots about the environment and living sustainably through to those just getting started. Participants are encouraged to share and learn from each other (as well as the two fantastic course facilitators and various guest speakers).

Delivered online means you can join in from the comfort of home.

More details here


Climate Council online book club! 

The Climate Council is hosting a book club devoted to climate change topics.

Every three weeks, they are going to be hosting an online discussion with prominent Councillors, experts, scientists and members of the community, and looking to take a deep dive into the issues facing the climate change movement. If you are new to climate change literature and want to connect with people virtually to discuss the most pressing issue of our time, here is an excellent opportunity!


Will Steffen - Climate Change 2020 - Why we are facing an emergency - April 2020

The team at Zero Emissions Byron (ZEB), Marigold Health Foods - Australia and the Renew Canberra Branch recently hosted a presentation by Professor Will Steffen.

Professor Steffen explains the current background data and science behind the climate emergency, tipping points and thresholds to avoid run away climate change, and gives a good summary of political and ideological barriers in the face of emissions reduction.

He then draws succinct parallels between climate change and Covid-19 responses. He discusses the fair transition from an economy based on fossil fuels to a broad-based social position required to move Australia in a different direction.




Port Environment Centre - update in the time of Covid-19

Right now the centre is closed to the public but remaining connected to the community through their website, mailing list and Facebook page.




A solution to cut extreme heat by up to 6 degrees is in our own backyards

AdaptWest has been working with a group of reserachers from Macquarie University to build on the investment in our Urban Heat Mapping project. Their researchers looked at the benefits household gardens (grass and trees) provide in reducing the impact of extreme heat conditions. Their summary report is available here. The work has also been picked up in The ConversationThe United Nation’s Disaster Risk Reduction knowledge platformAdelade Now; EcoVoiceThe Messenger and Cosmos Magazine

Letting your lawn die off? Think again if you want to stay cool

The AdaptWest councils are working with SA Water to monitor the cooling potential of irrigated water on public parks and reserves. An article about the work appeared in a recent edition of the Fifth Estate.


See how global warming has changed the world since your childhood

In this fascinating interactive webpage, see what impact the rise in global temperatures has had in your life time and explore why it is so important to limit the rise in temperatures for future generations. 


Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand event. Wednesday 6 November - 8:30am to 4:30pm, Flinders University (Victoria Square Campus), $150 for non-members

Event details: Climate Change Forum: What you need to know and no one is talking about  

  • “Is your health and/or wealth at risk? Who is at most risk of heat stress? Is your future income at risk, whether it sits in a superannuation fund or in a farm or city-based business? What sectors of the economy are most at risk? What does science tell us about these various risks? What can we do about these risks, particularly at a practical level?
  • Where in Australia and New Zealand are the people and industries likely to be adversely affected as the climate changes? What does the Actuaries Index show? How is the insurance industry going to react if we neglect scientific advice on where we build and how we build? Where does the law stand on property rights and the environment? On water rights? On climate change in general?
  • What can be done here in Australia and New Zealand to mitigate and/or adapt to climate change?


Environmental Health Australia National Conference 6th - 8th November 2019 National Wine Centre, $590 day rate for non-members.

Thursday morning has a disaster resilience focus, with a keynote from Dr Robert Glasser, Australian Strategic Policy Institute on the threat climate change poses to Australia’s national security. Event details HERE


Beat the heat: Hot in the city workshops - by the City of Adelaide with University of Adelaide and State Emergency Services -Thursday 7th November 2019 - FREE event.

Some great workshops being run by The City of Adelaide - Find out 'what's hot and what's not' and prepare your own plan to be ready for the summer heat. Find all the details HERE


Research Tuesdays: CLIMATE CHANGED - The Braggs Building - The University of Adelaide Victoria Drive Tuesday, November 12, 2019 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Event details HERE

It’s arguably the most critical issue of our time. But how aware are we of climate change’s likely tangible impacts? In this special year-end Research Tuesdays forum, four leading University of Adelaide researchers will discuss:

  • what past climate change events can tell us about how Earth’s systems will react in future
  • how climate change will exacerbate existing threats to species and ecosystems, including land clearance and introduced pests
  • the major barriers to biodiversity conservation, and policy tools that can overcome them
  • how complexity in our critical systems, such as food, energy, water and transport, is driving costly political and commercial uncertainty
  • why we must all integrate understanding of climate change impacts into our every thought and action—and how we can do it.

At times confronting, frequently challenging, but ultimately inspiring, this is an opportunity not to be missed.


Achieving a Greener Adelaide - Parks and  Leisure Australia - 9:00 am - 4:30 pm, U City Function Centre, 43 Franklin Street, $140 for non-members

Do you want to find out more about the 'Green Adelaide' initiative and how quality green public spaces can be achieved, as well as potential government and community projects, grant funding, and how your council or organisation can benefit? Then make sure you don't miss this must attend event on how a Green Adelaide can be achieved. Event details HERE


The University of Adelaide Heat & Habitat in Cities Symposium - H2CS - Heat and Habitat in Cities Symposium National Wine Centre Exhibition Hall Cnr Hackney Road and Botanic Road 9 - 10 December, 2019

H2CS - Heat and Habitat in Cities Symposium, hosted by the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide, will bring international and national experts, policy makers, planners, designers and researchers to exchange knowledge, experience and expertise and to discuss and debate concrete ideas for planning, designing, developing and improving our cities. The Symposium will be opened by The Honourable David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water. Event details HERE 


Residential Building Retrofit for Climate Adaptation 

The AdaptWest project team is pleased to announce that we have appointed The Energy Project to work with us on this project. 


AdaptWest - Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP) 

AdaptWest was successfully funded by the NDRP to deliver the Residential Building Retrofit for Climate Adaptation project. The project is focused on targeted building audit and building fabric upgrades to improve resiliency to extreme heat events. Stage 1 of the project is to scope the potential implementation plan and budget to deliver on this project. 



Sharewaste is a website where people can share their kitchen scraps or can register to take scraps.


2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards

The South Australian Government has released both the finalists and winners for the 2018 SA Climate Leaders Awards for 4 separate categories. Government, community, individual and industry & business. You can find the results below or read more here.


The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) operates to provide supporting research and documentation for decision makers throughout Australia as they prepare for and manage the risks of climate change and sea-level rise. Read more.


Share what you grow

Want to share your extra fruit, vegetables, herbs and seedlings that you have grown with your local community? You can drop these off for others to take for free at a local Grow Free cart. You can also take what you need from the carts. Some of the simple rules are that there is no bartering, swapping or selling.

Find more information and find a cart near you.

Changing for Climate Change