Sink or swim? Response, recovery and adaptation in communities impacted by the 2010/11 Australian floods

Bird, Deanne K., King, David, Haynes, Katharine, Box, Pamela, and Okada, Tetsuya (2015) Sink or swim? Response, recovery and adaptation in communities impacted by the 2010/11 Australian floods. In: Palutikof, Jean P., Boulter, Sarah L., Barnett, Jon, and Rissik, David, (eds.) Applied Studies in Climate Adaptation. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 395-406.

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Abstract

The Queensland (northeast Australia) wet season and Victorian (southeast Australia) summer of 2010/11 were record-breaking periods. Based on climate models, the IPCC (2012) argues with medium confidence that anthropogenic influence has contributed to rainfall extremes. The research applied a mixed methods approach whereby different qualitative (face-to-face interviews, open response questions within questionnaires) and quantitative (closed questions within questionnaires) methods contributed to different aspects of the study. Many respondents (43%) were living in a singlestorey house (i.e. not raised on stumps or stilts), a single-storey duplex or a ground floor unit. As many Australian disasters occur during the summer when people are on holiday or absent from the community, a network of contacts would be extremely useful.

Item ID: 37720
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: disasters, northeast Australia
ISBN: 978-1-118-84501-1
Funders: Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Australian Government, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2015 23:35
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
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