Historical Case Studies of Extreme Events

Synthesis and Integrative Research Program

A suite of case studies has been developed examining present-day management of climate variability and the lessons that can be learned for adaptation to future climate change.

Although the parallels are not exact, understanding community, institutional and governance responses to climate events, and their interactions, is informative of the conditions that determine the success or failure of climate change adaptation strategies.These projects examined case studies of seven historical extreme events including Cyclone Tracy, the 2009 heat waves in southern Australia and the northern Queensland floods of 2008.The outcome is a set of freestanding case studies that together provide in-depth explorations of our knowledge of present-day adaptation, vulnerabilities and resilience to climate variability and change.

These historical case studies are now complete, and the reports available from the individual project pages below.

Overall Project Publications

Introduction to the Case Studies

Meteorological Context

Synthesis Report

Synthesis Factsheet

The Historical Case Studies:

Case study: Drought and the future of small inland towns

Case study: Resilience and water security in two outback cities

Case study: Impacts and adaptation response of infrastructure and communities to heatwaves: the southern Australian experience of 2009

Case study: Adaptation Lessons from Cyclone Tracy

Case study: East Coast Lows and the Newcastle-Central Coast Pasha Bulker Storm

Case study: Storm Tides

Case study: The 2008 Floods in Queensland