Climate change and the future of Australia's country towns

Andrew Beer, Selina Tually, Michael Kroehn, John Martin, Rolf Gerritsen, Mike Taylor, Michelle Graymore, Julia Law

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Abstract

This chapter presents the future of Australia's country towns in the context of anticipated climate change, where it is assumed Australia faces moderate climate change as predicted by the CSIRO's MK3.5 model. It argues that the future of Australia's country towns is not simply a product of climate change and its manifestation in terms of altered rainfall patterns, increased average temperatures and more frequent extreme events. The chapter discusses Australia's country towns within the context of contemporary and anticipated social, economic and climatic trends, before moving on to discuss the estimation of vulnerability within these communities. It describes both the implications for rural communities and the paths potentially available to governments across Australia. The adaptation and future of Australia's country towns is not simply a story of a changing climate and its impacts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Studies in Climate Adaptation
EditorsJean P. Palutikof, Sarah L. Boulter, Jon Barnett, David Rissik
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherWiley-Blackwell
Chapter37
Pages332-341
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118845028
ISBN (Print)9781118845011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Australia's country towns
  • Climate Change
  • Rainfall
  • Rural communities

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