A spatial vulnerability analysis of urban populations during extreme heat events in Australian capital cities

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.

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.

Asset Based Community Development and Pro-poor Asset-based Climate Change Adaptation: Briefing paper # 1

The Briefing Paper series of the ‘Rental housing, climate change and adaptive capacity: a case study of Newcastle NSW’ project seeks to provide readers with access to current research on rental sector adaptation to climate change. Briefing Papers produced by the project team are working documents that provide a forum on theoretical, methodological and practical issues related to climate change adaption in rental housing.

Suburban Neighbourhood Adaptation for a Changing Climate (SNACC)

This report presents findings from the Suburban Neighbourhood Adaptation for a Changing Climate (SNACC) research project. The project aimed to answer the questions: • How can existing suburban neighbourhoods in England be ‘best’ adapted to reduce further impacts of climate change and withstand ongoing changes? and; • What are the processes that bring about climate change motivated adaptation in suburban areas? Specifically: what might motivate residents and other stakeholders to adapt to present and future climate threats?

Planning for climate change: guidance and model policies for local authorities

This UK guide gives detailed guidance on the principles which should underpin plan-making and development management. It is recommended as the basis for comprehensive policy in the new, community-based local plans. It could also form the basis of local supplementary planning policy and should guide development management decisions. While it is specifically written for the UK audience (and has a strong mitigation focus) there are some principles and methods that can be replicated for the Australian context.

Vulnerability to Climate Change: Hunter & Central Coasts

This study assesses the vulnerability of the NSW Central Coast and Lower Hunter region (NSW) to the impacts of climate change. The primary objective was an interdisciplinary appraisal of the vulnerability of infrastructure and natural ecosystems to the impact of sea level rise, storm surge and intense rainfall. It uses climate change projections produced by the IPCC and CSIRO for the years 2030 and 2070. Under this scenario the projected value of sea level rise in 2030 is 146mm and in 2070 it is 471mm, relative to 1990 levels.

Assessing resilient urban systems to support long term adaptation to climate change

This brief, by VCCAR, "considers the ways in which stakeholders interact with community-scale energy and water infrastructure systems, and the implications for improving infrastructure resilience to climate change...[the] research considers the ways in which stakeholders interact with community-scale energy and water infrastructure systems, and the implications for improving infrastructure resilience to climate change.

Engaging the Public With Climate Change

Blurb from the publisher reads: "Despite increasing public awareness of climate change, our behaviours relating to consumption and energy use remain largely unchanged. This book answers the urgent call for effective engagement methods to foster sustainable lifestyles, community action, and social change. Written by practitioners and academics, the chapters combine theoretical perspectives with case studies and practical guidance, examining what works and what doesn't, and providing transferable lessons for future engagement approaches.