About the research

This website provides information on climate, marine life and marine user sectors as well as an opportunity to see how prepared your community is for future changes.

This information is to increase the awareness of climate change impacts in Australian coastal communities. The information will help your community consider the many different aspects and consequences of possible climate-driven change on marine life and dependent sectors such as commercial and recreational fishing, marine tourism and aquaculture.

We can help your community plan for the future. Current and future changes in climate and the marine environment are important in coastal communities as these towns are often economically and socially reliant on marine sectors. Understanding how these changes may affect your community and local economy can be confusing. Nevertheless, the effects of climatic and environmental change are important and we should try to identify them and plan on how to deal with them in the future.

We studied three coastal towns in detail to understand how to deal with the effects of climate change in the marine environment, so that other towns may learn from their experiences. The case study towns were:

  • St Helens, Tasmania (population approx. 3000)
  • Bowen, Queensland (population approx. 10000)
  • Geraldton, Western Australia (population approx. 30 000)

case studies map 1

The case study information was gathered as part of a national project funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (see FRDC for full project report) and the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.