Climate Change Impact Assessment: Regional to State-Wide
Spatial Vision can assist you to identify the potential impact of climate change on assets and the triple bottom line consequences
Climate change is impacting people’s lives, national infrastructure and our rich ecological inheritance. Importantly, the impact will not be slow and incremental but characterised by severe events. In many cases they will impact the communities that can least protect themselves.
While urgent action is required to address carbon emissions, changes already locked into our climate systems mean we must plan to minimise the impacts we are experiencing and will continue to experience.
Reducing emissions through improved land management practices or decarbonising our production pathways, new mitigation approaches like blue carbon or better understanding areas of likely exposure and impact, can all be supported through spatial technology based approaches.
Quantifying Scenario Outcomes
Where, What and When
Victorian Coastal Impact Assessment
Spatial Vision undertook an assessment of the likely impacts of anticipated climate change on the Victorian coastline to inform the prioritisation of the Victorian Coastal Monitoring Program
- Provides a standard
approach to assess likely impact of
anticipated climate change on the Victorian coast
- Supports targeted monitoring
- Supports areas to undertake
more detailed local coastal hazard
NRM Planning for Climate Change
Spatial Vision and Natural Decisions were engaged by 7 of Victoria's 10 Catchment Management Authorities (CMAs) to support Natural Resource Management (NRM) planning efforts in view of the likely impacts of climate change.
- Enables Victorian CMAs to make informed decisions
- Improved communication about the likely risks and issues associated with
anticipated climate change
- Project outputs were delivered in a broad range of formats such that they could be
incorporated into stakeholder’s systems and processes.
Savanna Burning Abatement Tool
SavBAT, the Savanna Burning Abatement Tool, is a
web-based application that automates the calculations
required to estimate carbon credits for savanna fire
management projects conducted under the Emissions
- Significantly reduces the time and cost required to calculate carbon abatement from
savanna fire management
- Encourages land managers to take part in activities
that have positive outcomes for the environment
- Easier for landowners to access the financial benefits of fire
management through carbon credits
Climate Change Adaptation Research
Reflecting on the recent National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2018 Climate Adaptation Conference held in Melbourne there were several themes that stand out for me.
The Spatial Lens of Climate Change
There is no doubt that climate change is no longer just a threat, it is a real and present danger that is increasingly impacting the lives of many people and the natural world. The question is what are we doing about it?Read More
Coastal Assessment to Focus Monitoring Efforts
In terms of coastal erosion, while detailed local coastal hazard assessments have been undertaken for some sections of the Victorian coast, there has been no state-wide assessment of likely coastal erosion impacts. The principal objective of this study was to identify coastal areas that will be most impacted by climate change across multiple asset value classes. The focus was the assessment of coastal vulnerability in relation to erosion, inundation and the evaluation of the projected impacts of anticipated climate change on these factors.
The outputs provide a consistent state-wide spatial representation of coastal assets assessed to be at risk and support where to focus future studies and monitoring efforts.
- Exposure to the change such as orientation of the coastline to the seaward side, the amount of open water, or fetch, that is in front of the coast and the wave climate, including energy and height
- Sensitivity of the coast to these changes which may relate to the geology or structure of the coastline and its potential erodibility, and sediment processes
- Adaptive capacity which could include engineered and other man-made structures, and intertidal and coastal vegetation
- Spatially consistent state-wide broad scale assessment that provides information on coastal condition, change, hazards and the expected impacts associated with climate change facilitating evidence-based decision making.
- Ability to translate outputs to create an asset impact profile (economic, social and environmental assets)
- Modular approach modified and/or adapted to different regions, thus making it repeatable