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Girt by sea: antipodean lessons in coastal adaptation law


McDonald, J, Girt by sea: antipodean lessons in coastal adaptation law, Sea Grant Law & Policy Journal, 10, (1) pp. 29-59. ISSN 1947-3982 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Australia is an island nation, ‘girt by sea’. The coast plays a fundamental role in Australia’s national identity, economy, and cultural and social life, as well as providing critical ecosystem goods and services. Since European colonization, sections of Australia’s eastern seaboard have undergone intensive development, from Melbourne in the south to Cairns, in Far North Queensland. Over 80% of Australia’s population currently lives within fifty kilometers of the coast. Coastal values are already at risk from a range of hazards, but while Australia’s coast experiences periodic damage from tropical cyclones, east-coast lows, or midlatitude depressions, it has yet to experience the large-scale erosion or inundation that has occurred in parts of Europe or the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of the United States.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:impacts, climate change, adaptation, coastal management
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
ID Code:139782
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2020-07-03
Last Modified:2021-04-28
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