Australia's country towns 2050: What will a climate adapted settlement pattern look like?

Andrew Beer, Selina Tually, Michael Kroehn, John Martin, Rolf Gerritsen, Michael Taylor, Michelle Graymore, Julia Law

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This report considers the impact of anticipated climate change on Australia's inland towns and centres to the year 2050. It examines the ways in which non-coastal settlements will be affected by the primary, secondary and tertiary impacts of climate change, including the impact of extreme climate events, a warming and drying climate over much of southern Australia and increased costs associated with both structural economic change and accelerated degradation of infrastructure. The research finds that climate change is likely to have a wide range of impacts on Australia's system of inland settlement and that not all of these impacts are likely to be adverse. The published literature highlights the fact that some industries - including wool production, grains, viticulture and some grazing - are likely to benefit from climate change. While this is not the case in all instances, the fact that some industries will be enhanced runs contrary to both commonly held expectations and public discourse. In other sectors of the economy and society, technological change and/or investment in infrastructure will overcome many of the climate-change related challenges that have the potential to place the wellbeing of inland centres at risk.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGold Coast, Australia
PublisherNational Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Number of pages139
ISBN (Print)978-1-925039-73-3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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