- Ports and Climate Change
- Update Report 2013 - National Climate Change Adaptation Research Plan for Primary Industries
- Analysis of damage to buildings following the 2010-11 Eastern Australia floods
- Planning, building and insuring: Adaptation of built environment to climate change
- Extractive resource development in a changing climate: learning the lessons from extreme weather events in Queensland, Australia
- NCCARF Business Factsheet
- Business and Climate Change Adaptation: Toward Resilient Companies and Communities
- Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP)
- Superannuation Trustees and Climate Change Report
- Stormy Future For U.S. Property/Casualty Insurers: the Growing Costs and risks of extreme Weather events
- Impacts and adaptation responses of infrastructure and communities to heatwaves
- A spatial vulnerability analysis of urban populations during extreme heat events in Australian capital cities
- Assessing Climate Change Risks and opportunities for Investors: Property and Construction Sector
- Climate Change Adaptation and Business Sector Forum
Extreme heat events pose a risk to the health of all individuals, especially the elderly and the chronically ill, and are associated with an increased demand for healthcare services. In order to address this problem, policy makers’ need information about temperatures above which mortality and morbidity of the exposed population is likely to increase, where the vulnerable groups in the community are located, and how the risks from extreme heat events are likely to change in the future.
This study identified threshold temperatures for all Australian capital cities, developed a spatial index of population vulnerability, and used climate model output to predict changes in the number of days exceeding temperature thresholds in the future, as well as changes in risk related to changes in urban density and an ageing population.
The study has shown that daily maximum and minimum temperatures from the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts can be used to calculate temperature thresholds for heat alert days. The key risk factors related to adverse health outcomes were found to be areas with intense urban heat islands, areas with higher proportions of older people, and areas with ethnic communities.
Maps of spatial vulnerability have been developed to provide information to assist emergency managers, healthcare professionals, and ancillary services develop heatwave preparedness plans at a local scale that target vulnerable groups and address heat-related health risks. The numbers of days exceeding current heat thresholds are predicted to increase over the next 20 to 40 years in all Australian capital cities.