Promoting Excellence in Adaptation: Learning from Experience: A Synthesis of Historical Case Studies


Under Phase 1 of the NCCARF Synthesis and Integrative Research Program, NCCARF conducted a suite of "Historical Case Studies of Extreme Events" to better understand the requirements of successful adaptation to future climate change. Each of the case studies reflected on the preparedness and vulnerability of one of more communities, their immediate impacts and responses, and post-event responses and actions. This factsheet contains 8 broad lessons and a number of reflections derived from all 7 case studies. The 7 historical extreme events examined were: 1) Cyclone Tracy (Darwin, NT, 1974) [factsheet/full report]; 2) Drought in small inland agricultural communities (Donald & Mildura, VIC) [factsheet/full report]; 3) Drought in mining communities (Broken Hill, NSW & Kalgoorlie, WA) [factsheet/full report]; 4) Heatwaves (Melbourne, VIC & Adelaide, SA; early 2009) [factsheet/full report]; 5) Queensland floods (Charleville & Mackay, QLD, 2008) [factsheet/full report] ; 6) Storm tides (east coast Australia, 1950s-1970s) [factsheet/full report]; 7) East Coast Lows/the Pasha Bulker storm (Newcastle, NSW, 2007) [factsheet/full report]. Decision makers at all levels, from the community to the Federal Government, related their experience with the selected historical events, and the successes and failures that resulted. In this way, historical case studies provide a tool for planning adaptation measures for future climates. A companion report to this factsheet can be found here

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Case studies
Australia Wide
Finance, business
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