Adaptation lessons from cyclone Tracy

Mason, Matthew S. & Haynes, Katherine (2010) Adaptation lessons from cyclone Tracy. National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast.

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This case study will review the impact of Tropical Cyclone Tracy on the city and people of Darwin, the Australian engineering and institutional responses that it invoked and the relevance of these lessons to a world threatened by global climate change.

At Christmas, 1974, Tropical Cyclone Tracy laid waste the city of Darwin, an iconic episode in the history of Australian natural disasters. It provides one of the clearest and most successful examples worldwide of adaptation to a catastrophe. Following large losses in Townsville from Tropical Cyclone Althea in 1971, the level of destruction in Darwin was such that it led to new regulations mandating the use of the wind code for reconstruction, and eventually to similar regulations for new construction in other cyclone-prone areas of Australia.

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ID Code: 73331
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: case study, catastrophe, Darwin, engineering, institutional, Northern Territory, NT, reconstruction, regulation, surveys, synthesis and integrative research
ISBN: 9781921609138
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EARTH SCIENCES (040000) > PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE (040600) > Natural Hazards (040604)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ENGINEERING DESIGN (120400) > Engineering Design Methods (120403)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2014 22:58
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2014 05:24

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