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Impacts and adaptation response of infrastructure and communities to heatwaves : the southern Australian experience of 2009

Reeves, Jim, Foelz, Colleen, Grace, Peter, Best, Peter, Marcussen, Torben, Mushtaq, Shahbaz, Stone, Roger, Loughnan, Margaret, McEvoy, Darren, Ahmed, Ifte, Mullett, Jane, Haynes, Katharine, Bird, Deanne, Coates, Lucinda, & Ling, Megan (2010) Impacts and adaptation response of infrastructure and communities to heatwaves : the southern Australian experience of 2009. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility , Gold Coast, Queensland.

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Abstract

From 27 January to 8 February during the summer of 2009, southern Australia experienced one of the nation‘s most severe heatwaves. Governments, councils, utilities, hospitals and emergency response organisations and the community were largely underprepared for an extreme event of this magnitude.

This case study targets the experience and challenges faced by decision makers and policy makers and focuses on the major metropolitan areas affected by the heatwave — Melbourne and Adelaide.

The study examines the 2009 heatwave‘s characteristics; its impacts (on human health, infrastructure and human services); the degree of adaptive capacity (vulnerability and resilience) of various sectors, communities and individuals; and the reactive responses of government and emergency and associated services and their effectiveness. Barriers and challenges to adaptation and increasing resilience are also identified and further areas for research are suggested. This study does not include details of the heatwave‘s effects beyond Victoria and South Australia, or its economic impacts, or of Victoria‘s 'Black Saturday‘ bushfires.

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ID Code: 39193
Item Type: Report
Keywords: heatwave, adaptation, infrastructure, human health, climate change, emergency rmanagement esponse, adaptive capacity, resilience, vulnerability
ISBN: 9781921609152
Divisions: Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Queensland University of Technology, Monash University and University of Southern Queensland
Copyright Statement: This document is copyrighted by the Queensland University of Technology, Monash University and University of Southern Queensland, and incorporates contributions from Access Macquarie Limited and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2010 11:14
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 03:39

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