Don’t Know

  • Rates of changes
    • Associates impactsfrom
      • Rainfall
      • Erosivity
      • Storms
      • Winds
  • Response / resilience of the natural environment
    • Adaptability of habitat
    • Adaptability of species
  • Pests / weeds etc
    • How existing invasives behave in a changed environment
    • New and emerging invasives that adapt to new climate
  • Loss of long term history  and knowledge
  • Lack of understanding of the connection between ecosystems – we don’t know what outcomes will be from subtle changes
  • Lack of understanding of what the limits of adaptability area – eg tipping points for species and habitats
  • Don’t know what extent of inundation will be
  • Don’t know what role ground water plays

What we need

  • Collaboration
  • Education
  • Knowledge sharing
  • More targeted science
  • Drivers for change – adaptors vs laggards
  • Bring together science and Knowledge
  • Move away from NIMBY attitudes
  • Developers accountability / knowledge
  • Ownership of impacts
  • Longer memory
  • Coastal saltmarsh zone mapping – to allow adaptation modelling
  • Incorporate climate change as a threatening process in EPBC act
  • Planning schemes to cater for sea level rise
  • Take into account soil carbon
  • Restorative agriculture
  • Better pathways / messaging for
    • Sequestration
    • Rehabilitation

For landholders and local governments

  • Vegetation and waters to buffer against extreme climate events
  • Commitment to new technology
  • Certainty of water supply
  • Go beyond targets
    • Buffers
    • Precautionary principle
  • Shoreline retreat code
  • Sustainable building code

Top five things my group would like to see before 2050

  1. naturally occurring oyster reefs in Pumicestone passage
  2. viable population of dugongs and wader birds
  3. the whole of Bribie island as a nation park to allow for the natural processes of coastal management to to play out
  4. connectivity between deep ocean and the mountains
  5. less silt and more sand