The Critical Decade: Queensland climate impacts and opportunities

This report by the Climate Commission highlights the challenges and opportunities facing Queensland from climate change. The report shows that Queensland is already experiencing climate change and for the agricultural sector it is likely that beef, sugar and cereal production is likely to decline in the coming decades. The report also highlights the risks facing the natural and built environment. The opportunities discussed in this paper focus on Queensland's renewable energy potential.

Managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation

Extreme weather and climate events, interacting with exposed and vulnerable human and natural systems, can lead to disasters. This Special Report explores the challenge of understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes to advance climate change adaptation. Weather- and climate-related disasters have social as well as physical dimensions. As a result, changes in the frequency and severity of the physical events affect disaster risk, but so do the spatially diverse and temporally dynamic patterns of exposure and vulnerability.

World Risk Report 2011

The UN's latest World Risk report sees Australia coming in at 119 out of 173 countries. According to the doc Australia has a high exposure to natural hazards but also a relatively high coping capacity. The hazards assessed are: - Earthquake - Storms - Floods - Droughts - Sea-Level Rise

Understanding Floods: Questions and Answers

This is a useful resource about flooding created by the Queensland Government. "From December 2010 to January 2011, Queensland experienced widespread flooding, with three quarters of the state declared a disaster zone. Understanding Floods: Questions and Answers was prepared by the Queensland Floods Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) Panel, convened by the Queensland Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett AO, to explain in clear and simple language the fundamental concepts of floods, including flood causes, impacts, forecasting, and flood risk management now and in the future."

Flooding Study to Help Councils Plan for Future Risks

This release by the Queensland Government recommends that councils consider a 5 per cent increase in extreme rainfall per degree C of average warming. In effect this would increase extreme rainfall considerations for 2030 by 5 per cent and for 2050 by 10 per cent. This is likely to have considerable ramifications for land use planning.

Climate Risks and Adaptation in Asian Coastal Megacities: A Synthesis Report

This report explores the climate change risks of Manila, Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. It shows that the three cities face considerable challenges with economic impacts from climate change ranging from 2% to 6% of regional GDP. It identifies extreme rainfall (with subsequent flooding and landslips) to be a serious threat.

Community resilience" Lessons from New Orleans

Case study of resilience in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. It has some interesting information on "multi-hazard" risks.

Coastal inundation at Narabeen Lagoon: Optimising Adaptation Investment

The Department has released a report that analyses the benefits and costs of adaptation in response to risks of flood inundation from Narrabeen Lagoon in Sydney's Northern Beaches area.