'Sea-change' amenity migration and the challenge of climate change in coastal communities

Michael Raybould, Elizabeth Fredline

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This paper investigates the role of coastal recreation amenities in migration in Australia where the ‘Sea-change’ phenomenon has resulted in soaring populations in some coastal communities. Rising sea-levels and weather events associated with climate change threaten the integrity of some of those recreation amenities and communities must find ways to preserve the social, cultural and economic values that have drawn people to those regions. Data were collected from 1,076 local residents in four case study locations around Australia. Analysis of the data using cluster analysis identifies four distinctly different user groups based on amenity importance ratings. There were significant differences in the proportion of each cluster group in each region and these differences were consistent with the amenity availability in the region. The paper identifies a range of amenity protection and substitution strategies for preserving coastal community values.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2017
EventCAUTHE 2017 – 27th CAUTHE conference: Time for big ideas? Re-thinking the field for tomorrow - University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 7 Feb 201710 Feb 2017
Conference number: 27th


ConferenceCAUTHE 2017 – 27th CAUTHE conference
CountryNew Zealand
OtherThe University of Otago’s Department of Tourism hosted the conference in Dunedin, New Zealand. It was attended by around 276 delegates. A total of 250 papers were submitted, with 224 presented at the conference. This was comprised of 53 full research pa...
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