Water Policy and Climate Change in Australia

This report presents the findings of a comprehensive assessment of the interactions between climate change policy and water policy was undertaken across seven key sectors that supply water, use water or otherwise affect water policy (urban water, rural water, the environment, agriculture, electricity generation, forestry and mining).

Resilience and Water Security in Two Outback Cities

This report compares water security issues in two Australian mining communities. Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and Broken Hill in New South Wales are towns with populations of around 30,000 and 20,000 respectively in semi-arid environments with limited local water supplies. Each has a rich history based on mineral resources and, more recently, a developing tourism industry. The catalyst for development has been the exploitation of mineral resources (silver, zinc and lead in Broken Hill and gold in Kalgoorlie); this development has been constrained and tested by water limitations.

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 2010 Conference

This website provides a link to all the presentations at the recent online climate change conference, with the focus on water management.

Adaptations to Sustain High‐Quality Freshwater Supplies in Response to Climate Change

This report provides a useful overview of how climate change may impact on the water quality and quantity for human settlements. The author argues that in order to be resilient there needs to be "improved communication, low‐interest loans, and pricing mechanisms for different water uses". The paper also explores the potential risks from "surprise" events. This report provides a range of strategic policy responses.


Building Research Capability to Identify Climate Change Vulnerability and Adapation Options for South Australian Landscapes

Podcast of various speakers at a project launch discussing land use practices and conservation areas that are most at risk from adverse effects of climate change and the identification of adaptation strategies and policy options to support planning and implementation by regional natural resource management agencies.

Adapting Water Law to Public Necessity: Reframing Climate Change Adaptation as Emergency Response and Preparedness

"Classifying climate change’s impacts on water supply as a real crisis allows adaptation planning to become a form of emergency preparedness - concrete measures designed to deal with existing problems underscoring - the fact that the impacts are only likely to become worse in many parts of the country. Moreover, reframing climate change adaptation in the water context as emergency preparedness could productively shift the focus of adaptation strategies to the survival of communities as functional communities—that is, as something more than the mere physical survival of individual humans.

Rising to the Challenge - The City of London Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.

The City of London adaptation strategy explores the process of managing flood risks, water resources, heat risks and air pollution, ground conditions, identifying cross-cutting issues and opportunities. The options are categorised into research and monitoring, policy and practical actions.