This course demonstrates the tools and techniques that can be used in adapting to climate variability and change. It also examines the range of responses to climate change on livelihoods and lifestyles at the global, national and regional level.


Greg Laves

Griffith University

Greg is the Deputy Program Leader of the Smart Water Research Centre's Integrated Urban Water Management Program. Greg has been involved in climate change and water research since 2007, as coordinator... Read more

Peter Waterman

University of the Sunshine Coast

Peter is a geographer-environmental planner with over 40 years professional experience working for governments, universities and the private sector. He has been actively engaged as a practitioner on a... Read more

Attendees will gain a knowledge of:

  • The risks and challenges faced by a range of industry sectors
  • The scale and spread of the threats of climate change
  • The key concepts and science underpinning causes of climate change adaptation
  • Environmentally appropriate tools and techniques used in climate change adaptation
  • Irrigation Fundamentals
  • The range of social and political responses to the threats of climate change



Day 1:

  • Climate variability, climate change and adaptation processes for water management
  • Climate change overview
  • Impact of climate change on the water sector
  • Conditions, values and assumptions
  • Sectoral adaptive responses
  • Overview of development and water management issues in the climatically vulnerable coastal zones.

Day 2:

  • Introduction to irrigation
  • Irrigation efficiencies
  • Dealing with increasing urban run-off and flooding
  • Adaptation tools and techniques and scalar responses
  • Energy and water
  • Water infrastructure and interdependencies
  • Industrial ecology, water and climate change adaptation
  • Policy and practical responses to adapting to changing climate conditions in general and for the water sector