Quantifying the cost of climate change impacts on local government assests

On the basis of an extensive literature review and rigorous methodology developed in collaboration with the Local Government Association (LGA) South Australia (SA), IPWEA, University of South Australia (UniSA), Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Coast Protection Board of South Australia, Municipal Association Victoria (MAV), Western Australian LGA (WALGA), and ten collaborating Councils, this National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Settlements and Infrastructure funded research project has developed a financial simulation model and supporting decision tools to provide a clear,

Coming Ready or Not: Managing climate risks g y to Australia’s infrastructure

This report by the Climate Institute shows that 'Australia is among the developed countries most vulnerable to climate change'. The report provides a useful snapshot of the water, electricity, property, road, rail and financial services sectors. The report highlights that apart from the water sector (which is advanced in its adaptation planning) much work is needed to explore the risks and manage the effects of climate change in the remaining sectors.

Climate Change Impact Assessment for Surface Transportation in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska

This report is built on several significant reports and projects that have been recently published. In 2008, the Transportation Research Board released the Special Report 290: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on U.S. Transportation, which primarily focused on the consequences of climate change for U.S. transportation infrastructure and operations. The report also offers recommendations for both research and actions that can be taken to prepare for climate change. A similar study released by U.S.

Telstra’s response to The Big Wet

This resource contains the slides from John Parkin's (Telstra) presentation at the Australia - New Zealand Climate Change & Business Conference.

Climate Change: Adaptation for Queensland Issues Paper

This is the Queensland Government's climate change adaptation issues paper, which explores projected risks and adaptation actions. The paper is separated into the following seven sectors: - Human Settlements - Infrastructure - Ecosystems - Water Management - Primary Industries - Emergency Management - Human Health The issues paper is open for public comment - by 20 October 2011.

Climate Resilient Infrastructure: Preparing for a Changing Climate

The document highlights important themes such as: the risk climate change presents to infrastructure interdependencies; adaptation investment; and potential economic opportunities. The document is linked to wider Government work on infrastructure, in particular the Government’s National Infrastructure Plan. In addition, the UK Government’s first Adaptation Programme in 2012 will report on progress made and what further actions might be required to increase the climate resilience of infrastructure.

VCCCAR Project: Framing Adaptation in the Victorian Context Options for assessing the cost of climate change for adaptation policy in Victoria

This report explores three methods for economic analysis of the costs and benefits of climate change impacts associated with infrastructure development. The methods discussed are (a) general equilibrium analysis; (b) partial equilibrium analysis; and (c) integrated assessments. It compares the benefits and limitations of each as well as introducing examples. They conclude that the choice of method should depend on the needs of the end user and the size of the project (e.g. integrated assessments for large studies).

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.

Anticipating Climate Change

This brief report identifies the processes and outcome of a climate change impact study undertaken by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The article provides an interesting insight into the anticipated issues that face ports, providing a sample of the types of infrastructure at risk and the definitions of risk used by the authority. This article has relevance for Australian local governments who are considering the systems-wide impacts of climate change.