A rapid assessment of the effects of extreme weather on two Great Barrier Reef industries

Gooch, Margaret, Vella, Karen, Marshall, Nadine, Tobin, Renae, & Pears, Rachel (2013) A rapid assessment of the effects of extreme weather on two Great Barrier Reef industries. Australian Planner, 50(3), pp. 198-215.

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Abstract

In coastal areas, extreme weather events, such as floods and cyclones, can have debilitating effects on the social and economic viability of marine-based industries. In March 2011, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority implemented an Extreme Weather Response Program, following a period of intense flooding and cyclonic activity between December 2010 and February 2011. In this paper, we discuss the results of a project within the Program, which aimed to: (1) assess the impacts of extreme weather events on regional tourism and commercial fishing industries; and (2) develop and road-test an impact assessment matrix to improve government and industry responses to extreme weather events. Results revealed that extreme weather events both directly and indirectly affected all five of the measured categories, i.e. ecological, personal, social, infrastructure and economic components. The severity of these impacts, combined with their location and the nature of their business, influenced how tourism operators and fishers assessed the impact of the events (low, medium, high or extreme). The impact assessment tool was revised following feedback obtained during stakeholder workshops and may prove useful for managers in responding to potential direct and indirect impacts of future extreme weather events on affected marine industries. © 2013 Planning Institute Australia.

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ID Code: 70295
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: cited By (since 1996)0
Keywords: extreme weather, social and economic impacts, Great Barrier Reef, marine park management
DOI: 10.1080/07293682.2012.727841
ISSN: 2150-6841
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2014 05:17
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2014 22:06

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