land use planning

Zoning for Sea Level Rise: A Model Sea-Level Rise Ordinance and Case Study of Implementation Barriers in Maryland

Zoning is the most powerful tool that local governments have to preemptively mitigate hazards. This case study explores land use planning legal and regulatory barriers to climate change adaptation in Maryland (USA).

Addressing climate change migration in Asia and the Pacific

This report marks the conclusion of an ADB-financed technical assistance project launched to generate policy responses to migration stimulated by climate-related factors. It represents the first significant effort to identify policy and other responses to impacts of environment events on human mobility within the Asia and Pacific region.

Infrastructure, Planning and Climate Change Adaptation

This is an ABC radio podcast from the Late Night Live program.  "The recent spate of floods, earthquakes, tsunamis and the nuclear accident in Japan are a reminder of how interconnected our energy, transport, water and communications systems have become. Which is why future infrastructure investment needs to take climate change into account."

Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A guidebook for Development Planners

Adapting to Coastal Climate Change: A Guidebook for Development Planners (the Guidebook) provides a detailed treatment of climate concerns in coastal areas. The Guidebook proposes an approach for assessing vulnerability to climate change and climate variability, developing and implementing adaptation options, and integrating options into programs, development plans, and projects at the national and local levels. This is known as a vulnerability and adaptation or V&A approach.

Role of Exposure in Projected Residential Building Cyclone Risk for the Australian Region

The paper presents a methodology to analyse the direct impact of tropical cyclone hazard on communities in northern Australia. The study focuses on the maximum potential intensity (MPI) of the cyclonic wind hazard, and location. Storm surge impacts were developed using a simple relationship between intensity and storm surge height and mid-point sea-level rise projections. The impact on residential building stock of severe wind and storm surge hazards associated with IPCC climate change scenarios is considered.

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.

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.