Towards a methodological framework to assess coastal climate change adaptive capacity in Australia and Europe

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Title Towards a methodological framework to assess coastal climate change adaptive capacity in Australia and Europe
Author Sano, Marcello; Medina, Raul; Smith, Tim; Tomlinson, Rodger Benson
Publication Title 18th New South Wales Coastal Conference
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher 18th New South Wales Coastal Conference
Abstract Human-induced climate change represents a global process affecting local communities. Coastal settlements, infrastructure and institutions are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as sea level rise and the increased intensity and frequency of storm events such as floods. This paper outlines a research project that will assess the adaptive capacity of coastal communities to climate change (e.g. to adapt to the effects of climate change on the coast, including sea level rise, shifts in maritime climate patterns, increased coastal erosion rates and increased probability of tropical cyclones, and consequent storm surges). Using a case study approach, the methodology will be used to assess adaptive capacity at different coastal sites of Australia, integrating coastal vulnerability assessments based on the physical forcing scenarios with the identification of socio-economical, environmental and institutional issues. At the same time, the research project will be compared with the findings of current European research projects and case studies dealing with climate change adaptive capacity. A project will contribute to different initiatives are currently being developed in Australia and more specifically in Queensland (the Queensland Smart State project Future Coastlines, and the SEQ Adaptation / CSIRO Cluster involving both Griffith University and the University of the Sunshine Coast).
Peer Reviewed No
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.coastalconference.com/2009/papers2009/Marcello%20Sano%20Full%20paper.pdf
Conference name 18th New South Wales Coastal Conference
Location Ballina, NSW
Date From 2009-11-03
Date To 2009-11-06
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38342
Date Accessioned 2010-06-25
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Coastal Management
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Management; Social Change
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Non-Refereed)
Publication Type Code e2

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