Past, present and future landscapes: Understanding alternative futures for climate change adaptation of coastal settlements and communities

This final report details research funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility that examines the past and present drivers of landscape change in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, and models scenarios for the future, based on potential land use planning decisions. The project demonstrates a novel approach to modelling alternative futures by linking the possible futures to various strategic land use planning options. Then the consequent vulnerabilities to climate change impacts may be assessed.

Queensland Coastal Plan

The new Queensland Coastal Plan came into in effect from 3 February 2012. It has a range of adaptation provisions that need to be considered by local governments and developers in the State. As is stated on their website the Plan "replaces the State Coastal Management Plan (2001) and associated regional coastal management plans. The Queensland Coastal Plan has been prepared under the Coastal Protection and Management Act 1995. It includes a state planning policy under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009.

Climate Change Risks to Coastal Buildings and Infrastructure

This booklet supplements the analysis presented in the Climate Change Risks to Australia’s Coasts report. It provides additional data on the exposure of commercial buildings (e.g. retail precincts), light industrial buildings, and transport systems (road, rail, tramways) in Australia’s coastal areas. Existing data on residential properties is also reported in the booklet, as well as subsequent modelling of projected population change and implications for the exposure levels of residential properties.

OzCoasta: Sea Level Rise Maps

These maps have been created by the Australian Government to illustrate the potential impacts of climate change for key urban areas. "Maps are available to show three sea level rise scenarios: low sea level rise (0.5m), medium sea level rise (0.8m) and high sea level rise (1.1m). These sea level rise scenarios are for a 2100 period, relative to 1990. The sea level rise values are based on IPCC projections (B1 and A1FI scenarios) and more recent science." It should be noted that these maps do not consider storm surge and other factors.

Moving Boundaries: Managing Development in Regional Coastal Councils in South Australia

In this scoping study a total of twenty development professionals and Councillors on Development Assessment Panels [DAPs] from ten regional Local Government Organisations with coastal frontage were interviewed. The structured interviews were conducted from July to October 2010 and addressed climate change adaptation, amenity migration and new residential developments through a range of themes including capacity, attitudes and perceptions, processes, actions and intentions, and motivators and barriers. A small selection of stakeholders were also interviewed.

NSW Sea Level Rise Policy Statement

This policy statement outlines the Government’s objectives and commitments in regards to sea level rise adaptation. It outlines the support that the Government will provide to coastal communities and local councils to prepare and adapt to rising sea levels.

Coastal Climate Change Advisory Committee Issues and Options Paper

This is an issues and options paper and a very useful source of information for Victorian Councils (although it may be useful for as a guide for other states). The report highlights the anticipated coastal impacts, describes the policy, legal and planning framework and provides examples of other Australian and New Zealand approaches to climate change coastal management.

Climate Change Litigation to Flood Planning and Development in Coastal Areas

This commentry on coastal climate change litigation by Freehills provides a good overview of the types of legal challenges that may arise for coastal development. It states that developers are on notice to consider climate change, that owners and businesses should develop adaptation strategies and predicts that councils will take an increasingly conservative approach for coastal development approval. It is also a good source of case studies.

Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction: Issues and Challenges

"A systematic academic publication to highlight the linkages between Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), CCA-DRR synergy and interactions.