The Coastal Collaboration Cluster was established to identify the key social and institutional barriers and enablers to the uptake of science in the management of the coastal zone. Five thematic study groups were established: Governance Systems; Knowledge Systems; Socio-cultural Context; Adaptive Learning; and Synthesis. Each study group worked individually and collectively to inform four linked outcome objectives:
- Achieving better connection of science with the needs of governments, communities and industries addressing coastal management challenges.
- Making science outcomes more accessible for communities, industry and government seeking to understand and adapt to pressures on the coastal economic, social and environmental systems.
- Supporting application of trans-disciplinary data and knowledge in coastal decision making systems.
- Enabling comprehensive improvements to Australian coastal zone management.
Map of Research Themes
Researchers looked at the most effective ways of communicating between groups such as scientists, planners and other decision-makers, and worked with these groups to improve coastal planning.