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