Australia’s country towns 2050: What will a climate adapted settlement pattern look like?

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Year: 
2013
Author: 
Andrew Beer, Selina Tually, Michael Kroehn,John Martin, Rolf Gerritsen, Mike Taylor,Michelle Graymore and Julia Law

This report considers the impacts of anticipated climate change on Australia’s inland towns and centres by the year 2050. The study found that although climate change is likely to have a wide range of impacts on Australia’s system of inland settlement, not all of them are likely to be adverse. It concludes that remote places confront the greatest risks from climate change, and that many, but not all Indigenous communities are especially vulnerable. The project examines the ways in which non-coastal settlements will be affected by extreme climate events, an increasingly warm and dry climate, and increased costs associated with both structural economic change and accelerated degradation of infrastructure. A vulnerability index was developed to distinguish places that are most and least vulnerable to the impacts. In addition, detailed field work was undertaken in five case studies across Australia.

Resource Type: 
Case studies
Research report
Location: 
Australia Wide
Topics: 
Biodiversity, natural resources
Bushfire
Communities
Drought
Finance, business
Flooding
Heat
Infrastructure

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