The Climate Futures Team has won a major grant from the Australian Government’s Disaster Ready Fund. A Natural Hazards Atlas for Tasmania: mapping natural hazards to build disaster resilience and preparedness is a project led by Dr Kathleen Beyer, the Climate Futures Team’s Director. The project has been awarded $2,247,890.
The Natural Hazards Atlas for Tasmanian Communities will include educational, translation and communication outputs, helping build capacity to strengthen decision making and support adaptation and climate-resilient planning across the state. As disaster risk continues to increase under climate change, this is a crucial step in improving preparedness.
The Australian Government announced up to $1 billion for the Disaster Ready Fund (DRF) over five years, from 1 July 2023. Round One, in which this project was awarded, provided $200 million of Commonwealth investment for 187 projects in 2023-24.
The Disaster Ready Fund is the Australian Government’s flagship disaster risk reduction initiative, supporting Australians to manage the impacts of disasters caused by natural hazards and climate change.
Climate Futures is leading this project, with a team of multidisciplinary experts from the university’s School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences.