Approaches to risk assessment on Australian coasts: A model framework for assessing risk and adaptation to climate change on Australian coasts

Approaches to risk assessment on Australian coasts: A model framework for assessing risk and adaptation to climate change on Australian coasts Authors: Colin Woodroffe, Peter Cowell, David Callaghan, Roshanka Ranasinghe, Ruben Jongejan, David Wainwright, Stephen Barry, Keerylee Rogers and Amy DoughertyYear: 2012 This report presents a unique framework approach for modelling and assessing the risk… Read More

East Coast Lows and the Newcastle/Central Coast Pasha Bulker storm

East Coast Lows and the Newcastle/Central Coast Pasha Bulker storm Authors: Danielle Verdon-Kidd, Anthony Kiem, Garry Willgoose and Philip HainesYear: 2010 The ‘Pasha Bulker’ storm was the first and most serious of the 5 east coast lows (ECL) that affected the coastal regions betweeen Illawarra and the Hunter, NSW in June 2007. The location is… Read More

The nature and utility of adaptive capacity research

The nature and utility of adaptive capacity research Authors: Timothy F. Smith, R.W. Carter, Phillip Daffara and Noni KeysYear: 2010 Adaptive capacity research has enhanced the knowledge base of decison makers for effectively devising policy, planning and implementing adaptation strategies according to the results of this study. An online survey of adaptation e-network members, key… Read More

Impacts and adaptation response of infrastructure and communities to heatwaves

Impacts and adaptation response of infrastructure and communities to heatwaves: The southern Australian experience of 2009 Author: Queensland University of TechnologyYear: 2010 From 27 Jan 8 Feb 2009, South-Eastern Australia experienced extreme heatwaves, with maximum daytime temperatures reaching 12-15 degrees celcius above average. The severity of the event and its co-occurrence with an emerging bushfire… Read More

Food security, risk management and climate change

Food security, risk management and climate change Authors: David Michael and Rachel CrossleyYear: 2012 This studyidentifies that previously used risk management practices in food organisations will require substantial improvement to cope with and exploit the uncertainties that lie ahead. Three risks were identified as major constraints to adaptive capacity of food organisations operating in Australia:… Read More

Limits to climate change adaptation for low-lying communities in the Torres Strait

Limits to climate change adaptation for low-lying communities in the Torres Strait Authors: KE McNamara, SG Smithers, R Westoby, K ParnellYear: 2011 This study explored adaptive capacity, adaptation limits/barriers and possible or existing maladaptation for communities on 2 morphologically different low lying islands in the Torres Straits. Although traditional resilience indicators such as income, access… Read More

Adaptation lessons from Cyclone Tracy

Adaptation lessons from Cyclone Tracy Authors: Matthew Mason, and Katharine HaynesYear: 2010 Cyclone Tracy was a Category 4 cyclone that devastated the city of Darwin, in the Northern Territory on Christmas morning, 1974. The direct hit by the cyclone resulted in particularly damaging impacts, including 71 deaths, 650 injuries and left 40,000 people homeless. 94%… Read More

Learning from experience: Historical case studies and climate change adaptation

Learning from experience: Historical case studies and climate change adaptation Authors: Anthony S. Kiem, Danielle C. Verdon-Kidd, Sarah L. Boulter and Jean P. PalutikofYear: 2010 Changes of policy, actions and/or infrastructure commonly occur following extreme events. These actions are targeted at reducing the impact of any future, similar extreme event. Thus, there are parallels between… Read More

Drought and the future of rural communities: Drought impacts and adaptation in regional Victoria, Australia

Drought and the future of rural communities: Drought impacts and adaptation in regional Victoria, Australia Authors: Anthony S Kiem, Louise E Askew, Meg Sherval, Danielle C. Verdon-Kidd, Craig Clifton, Emma Austin, Pauline M. McGuirk and Helen BerryYear: 2010 The Big Dry, or Millennium Drought, has affected southeast Australia (SEA) since the mid-1990s. Farmer debt in… Read More

Learning from regional climate analogues

Learning from regional climate analogues Authors: John Kellett, David Ness, Cathryn Hamilton, Stephen Pullen and Anna LeditschkeYear: 2011 This project explores the potential of learning from experience for selected target cities by the study of analogue settlements which are currently experiencing climate conditions similar to those predicted for the target cities. This project studied the… Read More