Applying social resilience concepts and indicators to support climate adaptation in tropical North Queensland, Australia

Dale, Allan Patrick, Vella, Karen, Potts, Ruth, Voyce, Bronwyn, Stevenson, Bob, Cottrell, Alison, King, David, Babacan, Hurriyet, Boon, Helen, Gooch, Margaret, & Pert, Petina (2016) Applying social resilience concepts and indicators to support climate adaptation in tropical North Queensland, Australia. In Knieling, Jorg (Ed.) Climate Adaptation Governance in Cities and Regions: Theoretical Fundamentals and Practical Evidence. John WIley & Sons Inc, Chichester, U.K; Hoboken, N.J, pp. 23-43.

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Abstract

Regional and remote communities in Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) are among Australia's most vulnerable in the face of climate change. They face sea-level rise, more intense dry spells, increasing temperatures, more extensive coral bleaching and the risk of more intense cyclones and floods. Consequently, sociologically and economically diverse subregions such as the Northern Gulf of Carpentaria, the Torres Strait, Cape York Peninsula and the Wet Tropics face an uncertain future. Together, these four subregions represent a social diversity typical across the tropics. With its cultural and social complexity, Queensland's tropics present an ideal case study for operationalising an indicators-based approach for building regional and subregional-scale resilience. The assessment of social resilience in the four TNQ subregions has reinforced the theoretical conclusion that a purist approach to measuring and monitoring social resilience, driven by defining and populating perfect sets of indicators, is neither practical nor feasible.

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ID Code: 96201
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: climate adaptation, social resilience, tropical Queensland, social resilience indicators, social assessment
DOI: 10.1002/9781118451694.ch2
ISBN: 9781118451717
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: 15 Jun 2016 04:54
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 22:20

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