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Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation

Jean P. Palutikof (Editor), Sarah L. Boulter (Editor), Jon Barnett (Editor), David Rissik (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-84501-1 December 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 496 Pages


The book advances knowledge about climate change adaptation practices through a series of case studies. It presents important evidence about adaptation practices in agriculture, businesses, the coastal zone, community services, disaster management, ecosystems, indigneous populations, and settlements and infrastructure. In addition to 38 case studies across these sectors, the book contains horizon-scoping essays from international experts in adaptation research, including Hallie Eakin, Susanne Moser, Jonathon Overpeck, Bill Solecki, and Gary Yohe.

Australia’s social-ecological systems have a long history of adapting to climate variability and change, and in recent decades has been a world-leader in implementing and researching adaptation, making this book of universal relevance to all those working to adapt our environment and societies to climate change.

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xv

1 Introduction to the book 1
Jean P. Palutikof Sarah L. Boulter Jon Barnett and David Rissik

2 Adaptation as a field of research and practice: notes from the frontiers of adaptation 6
Jean P. Palutikof Jon Barnett Sarah L. Boulter and David Rissik

SECTION 1 Frameworks for enabling adaptation 21

3 Thoughts on the context of adaptation to climate change 23
Gary Yohe

4 Reflections on disaster loss trends global climate change and insurance 26
John Mcaneney Ryan Crompton Rade Musulin George Walker Delphine Mcaneney and Roger Pielke Jr

5 Designing spatial adaptation planning instruments 34
Andrew Macintosh Jan Mcdonald and Anita Foerster

6 Public risk perceptions understandings and responses to climate change 43
Joseph P. Reser Graham L. Bradley and Michelle C. Ellul

7 Bridging the gap between researchers and decision-makers 51
Danielle C. Verdon-Kidd Anthony S. Kiem and Emma K. Austin

SECTION 2 M anaging ecosystems under climate change 61

8 The challenge of biodiversity adaptation under climate change 63
Jonathan T. Overpeck

9 Management options for bird conservation in the face of climate change 68
Donald C. Franklin April E. Reside and Stephen T. Garnett

10 Methods to prioritise adaptation options for iconic seabirds and marine mammals impacted by climate change 77
Alistair J. Hobday Lynda E. Chambers and John P.Y. Arnould

11 Climate adaptation and adaptive management planning for the Macquarie Marshes: a wetland of international importance 95
Gilad bino richard t. Kingsford and Kim Jenkins

12 Conservation of Australian plant-dwelling invertebrates in a changing climate 107
Melinda L. Moir

SECTION 3 Farming 117

13 Agricultural adaptations: social context and complexity 119
John Morton

14 Farmer decision-making under climate change: a real options analysis 122
Greg Hertzler Todd Sanderson Tim Capon Peter Hayman Ross Kingwell Anthea Mcclintock Jason Crean and Alan Randall

15 Broadacre farmers adapting to a changing climate 130
Ross Kingwell Lucy Anderton Nazrul Islam Vilaphonh Xayavong Angela Wardell-Johnson David Feldman and Jane Speijers

16 Growth opportunities for marine fisheries and aquaculture industries in a changing climate 139
Alistair J. Hobday Rodrigo H. Bustamante Anna Farmery Aysha Fleming Stewart Frusher Bridget S. Green Lilly Lim-Camacho James Innes Sarah Jennings Ana Norman-López Sean Pascoe Gretta T. Pecl Éva E. Plagányi-Lloyd Peggy Schrobback Oliver Thebaud Linda Thomas and E. Ingrid van Putten

17 Water tariffs and farmer adaptation: the case of Goulburn–Murray Water Victoria Australia 156
Bethany Cooper Lin Crase and Nicholas Pawsey

18 The role of water markets in helping irrigators adapt to water scarcity in the Murray–Darling Basin Australia 166
Sarah Ann Wheeler Adam Loch and Jane Edwards

SECTION 4 Coasts 175

19 Raising the seas rising to greatness? Meeting the challenge of coastal climate change 177
Susanne C. Moser

20 A framework for modelling the risks of climate-change impacts on Australian coasts 181
Colin Woodroffe Dave Callaghan Peter Cowell David Wainwright Kerrylee Rogers and Roshanka Ranasinghe

21 Navigating from climate change impacts to adaptation actions in coastal ecosystems 190
Wade L. Hadwen and Samantha J. Capon

22 Enhancing the resilience of seaports to a changing climate 200
Darryn Mcevoy and Jane Mullett

23 Equity economic efficiency and institutional capacity in adapting coastal settlements 208
Cameron S. Fletcher Bruce M. Taylor Alicia N. Rambaldi Ben P. Harman Sonja Heyenga K. Renuka Ganegodage Felix Lipkin and Ryan R. J. Mcallister

24 Who should do what? Public perceptions on responsibility for sea-level rise adaptation 216
Elissa Waters and Jon Barnett

SECTION 5 Building resilience among vulnerable groups 225

25 The ‘turn to capacity’ in vulnerability research 227
Hallie Eakin

26 The limits to adaptation: a comparative analysis 231
Jon Barnett and Jean P. Palutikof

27 Adaptation to extreme heat and climate change in culturally and linguistically diverse communities 241
Alana Hansen Monika Nitschke and Peng Bi

28 Experiences of resettled refugees during the 2011 Queensland floods 250
Ignacio Correa-Velez Celia Mcmichael Sandra M. Gifford and Augustine Conteh

29 Vulnerability to climate change among disadvantaged groups: the role of social exclusion 258
Arusyak Sevoyan and Graeme Hugo

30 Adapting the community sector for climate extremes 266
Emily Hamilton and Karl Mallon

SECTION 6 Indigenous experience of climate change 281

31 Continuity and change: Indigenous Australia and the imperative of adaptation 283
Meg Parsons

32 Housing households and climate change adaptation in the town camps of Alice Springs 289
Ralph Horne and Andrew Martel

33 Indigenous experiences and responses to Cyclone Tracy 297
Katharine Haynes Deanne K. Bird and Dean B. Carson

34 Indigenous governance and climate change adaptation: two native title case studies from Australia 307
Tran Tran Jessica K. Weir Lisa M. Strelein and Claire Stacey

35 Indigenous adaptation to climate change: the Arabana 316
Melissa Nursey-Bray Deane Fergie Veronica Arbon Lester-Irabinna Rigney Rob Palmer John Tibby Nick Harvey Lucy Hackworth and Aaron Stuart

SECTION 7 Settlements and housing 327

36 Contextualising the challenge of adapting human settlements 329
William D. Solecki

37 Climate change and the future of Australia’s country towns 332
Andrew Beer Selina Tually Michael Kroehn John Martin Rolf Gerritsen Mike Taylor Michelle Graymore and Julia Law

38 Robust optimisation of urban drought security for an uncertain climate 342
Mohammad Mortazavi-Naeini George Kuczera Anthony S. Kiem Lijie Cui Benjamin Henley Brendan Berghout and Emma Turner

39 How to cope with heat waves in the home 354
Wasim Saman Stephen Pullen and John Boland

40 Pathways for adaptation of low-income housing to extreme heat 364
Guy Barnett R. Matthew Beaty Jacqui Meyers Dong Chen and Stephen Mcfallan

41 Climate change adaptation in the rental sector 372
Lesley Instone Kathleen J. Mee Jane Palmer Miriam Williams and Nicola Vaughan

SECTION 8 A daptation and disaster management 381

42 Practical adaptation: past present and future 383
Ian Burton

43 Community resilience to disaster in four regional Australian towns 386
Helen J. Boon

44 Sink or swim? Response recovery and adaptation in communities impacted by the 2010/11 Australian floods 395
Deanne K. Bird David King Katharine Haynes Pamela Box and Tetsuya Okada

45 Disaster risk management and climate change adaptation revisited 407
Michael Howes

SECTION 9 Business 415

46 Adaptation to climate change by business organisations 417
Frans Berkhout

47 Capacities of private developers in urban climate change adaptation 422
Heather Shearer Jago Dodson Eddo Coiacetto and Pazit Taygfeld

48 Ensuring small business continuity under a changing climate: the role of adaptive capacity 429
Natasha Kuruppu Pierre Mukheibir and Janina Murta

49 Investing in adaptive capacity: opportunities risks and firm behaviour 437
Jason West

Index 445