Please note: The Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) is a past initiative, with this content being preserved for posterity.

ACCARNSI-1About us

The Australian Climate Change Adaptation Research Network for Settlements and Infrastructure (ACCARNSI) was hosted by the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

ACCARNSI was one of four Adaptation Research Networks hosted by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Griffith University as part of their Phase 2 program funded by the Australian Federal Government.

ACCARNSI will continue to initiate and develop effective strategies to respond to climate change through mitigation, adaptation and implementation. Having built a brand base and reputation that is now well known and acknowledged Australia wide, ACCARNSI will bring together researchers and stakeholders with an interest in climate change adaptation for coastal settlements, public and private infrastructure, the built environment and urban and regional planning. Research direction will assist government, the private sector and vulnerable regions and communities to make informed decisions on how best to educate, plan and manage adaptation for the risks of climate change on coastal settlements, urban and regional built environments and infrastructure.

The Network has four specific nodes established to investigate and research climate change adaptation responses:

  • Node 1 - Infrastructure (water, transport, energy, communications) and Coastal Settlements led by Ron Cox, UNSW;
  • Node 2 - Coastal Planning, Management and Communities led by Rodger Tomlinson, Griffith University;
  • Node 3 - Urban and Regional Infrastructure (water, transport, energy) led by Michael Taylor, University of South Australia; and
  • Node 4 - Urban and Regional Planning, Coastal and Urban Governance led by Barbara Norman, University of Canberra.

These nodes were coordinated by Honorary Associate Professor Ron Cox who was the Convenor of the Network.


Phase 2 of the Network was supported by the following research institutions:

Representatives of the above organisations were also active members of the Phase 2 ACCARNSI Network Advisory Group.

ACCARNSI members

Greg Allen Sydney Water
Bob Cechet Geoscience Australia (GA)
Ron Cox Associate Professor and ACCARNSI Convenor
Tom Davies Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)
John Houlihan Department of Sustainability and Environment, VIC
Matthew Inman CSIRO
Andrew Klos Department of Premier and Cabinet, SA
Christopher Lee Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW
Donna Lorenz AECOM
Anne Mathews Department of Environment and Conservation, WA
Phill Piper Department of Lands and Planning, NT
David Robinson Department of Environment and Resource Management, QLD
Tom Roper Australian Sustainable Build Environment Council (ASBEC)
Rick Still NSW Public Works, Department of Finance and Services
Geoff Withycombe Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG)

ACCARNSI publications

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