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Lunch & Learn: Climate Resilience Analysis Framework and Tools

SA Water House, 250 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000

September 27, 2018

Members are invited to join us for the September Lunch and Learn to find out more about the Goyder Institute's Climate Resilience Analysis Framework and Tools (CRAFT) project.

Goyder Institute researchers have developed new tools to help planners and policy-makers assess the impact of climate change on water resource systems and guide adaption planning. The tools address a significant knowledge gap – how to best use climate projections to modify or augment a system’s design to improve its resilience in a changing hydroclimate.

Weather and climate events can lead to complex and diverse outcomes across a broad range of industries and services relevant to society—from municipal and industrial water supplies (surface and groundwater), renewable energy (wind, solar and hydro), agriculture (irrigated and dryland), transport networks, environmental services (e.g. environmental flows, wetlands) and disaster planning and management (e.g. storms, floods, heatwaves, fires). Most of these systems are characterised by significant complexity  and interconnectivity; and in many cases the interface between weather/climate and the system performance is poorly understood. 

To this end, the presentation will describe the outcomes of a recent Goyder Institute project entitled Climate Resilience Framework Analysis and Tools (CRAFT) that describes a five-step approach for engaging with end-users and system experts to improve system performance through structured “stress tests” and the exploration of potential adaptation options. 

The framework is accompanied by an open-source software tool, foreSIGHT, that enables the rigorous and quantitative exploration of risks and vulnerabilities, and identify options to improve overall system resilience. The outcome is to avoid “surprises” and potential climate shocks—and ultimately improve system resilience—to a broad set of possible future weather and climate stressors.

The CRAFT project, led by Associate Professor Seth Westra (University of Adelaide) and Dr Lu Zhang (CSIRO), builds on the Institute’s SA Climate Ready project, whose climate change projections underpin water planning across South Australia.

Join us to hear the latest news on the CRAFT project and participate in a discussion on where and how these tools might be applied.

Presenter Biography: Seth Westra is the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide. He is a chartered engineer with research and consulting experience across both academia and industry. Seth has contributed to the fields of hydrology, water resource assessments and climate risk, and has published over 80 journal and conference papers on these topics.

*Lunch will be provided but to allow for a high-quality learning experience places are strictly limited - please book early to avoid disappointment.

Event Details

September Lunch and Learn

When: 27 September, 12-1:30pm

Where: SA Water House, 250 Victoria Square Adelaide

Cost: Free – open to Water Industry Alliance Members only

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In partnership with the Goyder Insitute for Water Research
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