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.

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.

Stocktake of Current Victorian Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Planning

"This report, the Stocktake of Current Victorian Local Government Climate Change Adaptation Planning is the first part of the Supporting Victorian Local Government climate Change Adaptation Planning: Issues, Barriers and Opportunities project. With funding from the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) has undertaken this project to analyse the status of, and specific needs and issues relating to, local government adaptation planning.

Planning Policy Statement: Planning and Climate Change - Supplement to Planning Policy Statement 1

This planning policy statement provides an overview of the UK approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation at the local level. The report contains useful guiding principles. Although UK-centric, this report may be useful for Australian strategic planners.

Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers

This guide offers a framework for state coastal managers to follow as they develop and implement climate change adaptation plans in their own states. Issues that coastal managers face every day—such as coastal erosion, stormwater management, habitat protection, and aging Great Lake infrastructure—are being exacerbated by climate change and are addressed in this planning guide.

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 Community Advisory Committee: Issues and Options Paper 2010

A white paper on potential land use planning adaptation actions available in Victoria. Provides some useful discussion on policy options.