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, and Pert, Petina (2016) Applying social resilience concepts and indicators to support climate adaptation in tropical North Queensland, Australia. In: Knieling, Jörg, (ed.) Climate Adaptation Governance in Cities and Regions: theoretical fundamentals and practical evidence. Wiley, Chichester, UK, pp. 23-43.

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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.

Item ID: 44748
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-118-45169-4
Keywords: Australia; Cape York Peninsula; climate change; Northern Gulf of Carpentaria; social diversity; social resilience; Torres Strait; Tropical North Queensland; Wet Tropics
Funders: Queensland Centre for Social Science Innovation (QCSSI), Northern Futures Collaborative Research Network (CRN)
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 00:50
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410199 Climate change impacts and adaptation not elsewhere classified @ 30%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 70%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 10%
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