Project Summary

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. It focuses on developing relationships between paired climate target – climate analogue locations for sharing experiences and knowledge, leading to the development of a wider national network. Part I will focus on assessing differences in natural and built systems and relate these to institutional policies, plans and processes for the paired locations. A key aim is to assess, through the application of a robust methodology of analysis, which differences are a function of climate.

Cities in southern (Adelaide), south-western (Perth) and sub-tropical (Brisbane) Australia have been identified as possible targets, settlements increasingly impacted by climate change. Following an analysis of climate data for various locations and climate projections for targets, the Whyalla/Port Pirie region in South Australia is a likely analogue for Adelaide, Broome an analogue for Perth, and Gladstone an analogue for Brisbane.

After compiling climate data, policies, plans, processes and physical characteristics of natural and built systems, an opening workshop will be held in each location to identify how climate factors have been integrated into policies, plans and approaches, highlighting gaps. These workshops will introduce the project, explaining objectives, deliverables, timing and methodology.

Data gaps will be filled using follow-up interviews with relevant stakeholders as required. Following analysis of findings and preparation of a preliminary report, closing workshops in the target locations will be held, seeking stakeholder feedback on the findings for the project and the feasibility of undertaking Part II of the project.