This course examines the threats of extreme weather events, climatic variability and climate change to biophysical, social, economic and cultural conditions. It demonstrates the tools and techniques that can be used in adapting to climate variability and change, and it also examines the range of governmental, executive and social responses to the affect of climate change on livelihoods and lifestyles at the global, national, regional/provincial and personal level.


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

Graham Green


Graham is a Senior Hydrogeologist with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in South Australia. Graham has worked for the Department since 2006 and manages the Groundwater Modell... Read more

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

Rohan Hamden


Rohan is the Director of Sustainability and Industry Partnerships in the Sustainability and Climate Change team of the Department of the Environment, Water and Natural Resources. He is responsible for... Read more

Who should attend:
This course is ideal for staff from sectors including:
• Water utilities
• Contractors
• Academia/research
And from roles including:
• Asset managers
• Risk managers
• Project managers
• Planners
• Sustainability and climate change practitioners
• Note – These courses have international professionals attending.

Course Content:
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 zone of the Gold Coast
Day 2
• 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

What’s included?
• Presentations by experienced water professionals
• Set of course notes
• Field Visit
• Activities and discussions
• Networking with other industry professionals
• Small group sizes to allow greater interaction
• Catering: Lunch, morning and afternoon teas

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
• The range of social and political response to the threats of climate change