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Adapting Australian coastal regions to climate change


Smith, TF and Choy, Dl and Thomsen, DC and Serrao-Neumann, S and Crick, F and Sano, M and Richards, R and Harman, B and Baum, S and Myers, S and Sharma, V and Bussey, M and Matthews, J and Roiko, A and Carter, RW, Adapting Australian coastal regions to climate change, Climate Change and the Coast: Building Resilient Communities, Taylor and Francis, BC Glavovic, M Kelly, R Kay & A Travers (ed), United States, pp. 269-284. ISBN 978-1-4822-8858-2 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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An increasing proportion of Australians are living in the coastal zone, which is also becoming increasingly prone to sea-level rise, storm surge, and flooding. The likely severity of the potential impacts of climate change on Australia’s coastal communities has also been recognized by the Australian government through the recent national coastal inquiry. Similarly, some coastal local governments have become key advocates for progressive adaptation policies, although many continue to face significant capacity constraints in terms of resources, skills, and support from other tiers of government. South East Queensland has been identified as being particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; local governments experience adaptive capacity issues primarily relating to infrastructure provision, emergency response capacity, and the changing socioeconomic characteristics of the region. Biophysical, socioeconomic, and political drivers of change are also likely to influence the effectiveness of adaptation options in the region into the future.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:climate change
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal and estuarine systems and management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Myers, S (Dr Stephen Myers)
ID Code:101173
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-06-11
Last Modified:2018-04-04

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