Adaptation Pathways: Planning for our uncertain WaterFutures

Exploring Adaptation Pathways

This last Tuesday 13th of August, a group of professional practioners with a responsibility for managing the future impacts of extreme weather events whilst balancing with the availability of water for everyday living got together to discuss the consequences of juggling multiple scenarios.

The event was held at at the new Education Precinct at QUT Kelvin where we were introduced to the recently installed digital sphere and adjacent data wall and appreciated first hand the role of visualisation as a way to better explore complex issues and spatial information arrays.

We learned and put into practice the Adaptation Pathways approach developed by Deltares that can enable a smart look into the future.  This approach supports  decision making under uncertainty using Adaptation Tipping Points and Adaptation Pathways in policy analysis.

The mix of participants allowed to focus on the Brisbane River and the recently explored the Strategic Floodplain Management Plan, the Oxley Creek and the Gold Coast Waterways.


Local Government

City of Gold Coast Council

State Government

Queensland Reconstruction Authority


Australian Rivers Institute
Griffith University

CRC Water Sensitive Cities
International Water Centre
Queensland University of Technology


Aurecon Group



Insurance Australia Group Limited