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Introduction to Australian coasts and human influences

Chapter


Abstract


  • Australians are famous for our love of the coast, although in many places this 'love' has caused

    serious and often irreversible impacts. The sustainable management of our society's many uses

    of the coast is complex and challenging. While a wealth of knowledge exists about the coast,

    this is not always brought to bear on decision-making; indeed, it is not always useful or relevant.

    Coastal management to date has had limited success, and in some cases interventions have

    made problems worse.

    Australia's coast has been shaped by severe events such as cyclones and floods, with climate

    change now increasing the number and intensity of these hazards. In addition, our coastal populations

    are growing, and with them our social, environmental and economic vulnerability to

    such hazards. In 2011 we witnessed widespread destruction in north Queensland caused by

    Cyclone Yasi, and severe flooding in western and south-east Queensland (SEQ) and north-west

    Australia that disrupted coastal communities, damaged ecosystems and stalled the national

    economy. The expected impacts of climate change add to the urgency and complexity of addressing

    existing coastal issues.

UOW Authors


  •   Stocker, Laura (external author)
  •   Kenchington, Richard
  •   Kennedy, Deborah (external author)
  •   Steven, Andy (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • L. Stocker, R. Ambrose. Kenchington, D. Kennedy & A. Steven, ''Introduction to Australian coasts and human influences'' in R. Ambrose. Kenchington, L. Stocker & D. Wood(ed), Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia (2012) 1-27.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781466571860

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/353

Book Title


  • Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 27

Place Of Publication


  • Collingwood, Vic

Abstract


  • Australians are famous for our love of the coast, although in many places this 'love' has caused

    serious and often irreversible impacts. The sustainable management of our society's many uses

    of the coast is complex and challenging. While a wealth of knowledge exists about the coast,

    this is not always brought to bear on decision-making; indeed, it is not always useful or relevant.

    Coastal management to date has had limited success, and in some cases interventions have

    made problems worse.

    Australia's coast has been shaped by severe events such as cyclones and floods, with climate

    change now increasing the number and intensity of these hazards. In addition, our coastal populations

    are growing, and with them our social, environmental and economic vulnerability to

    such hazards. In 2011 we witnessed widespread destruction in north Queensland caused by

    Cyclone Yasi, and severe flooding in western and south-east Queensland (SEQ) and north-west

    Australia that disrupted coastal communities, damaged ecosystems and stalled the national

    economy. The expected impacts of climate change add to the urgency and complexity of addressing

    existing coastal issues.

UOW Authors


  •   Stocker, Laura (external author)
  •   Kenchington, Richard
  •   Kennedy, Deborah (external author)
  •   Steven, Andy (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • L. Stocker, R. Ambrose. Kenchington, D. Kennedy & A. Steven, ''Introduction to Australian coasts and human influences'' in R. Ambrose. Kenchington, L. Stocker & D. Wood(ed), Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia (2012) 1-27.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781466571860

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/353

Book Title


  • Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 27

Place Of Publication


  • Collingwood, Vic