Climate change decision support framework and software for coastal Councils - Local Government Association of South Australia

Balston, J, Kellett, J, Wells, G, Li, S, Gray, A and Western, M 2012, Climate change decision support framework and software for coastal Councils - Local Government Association of South Australia, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE), Canberra, Australia


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Title of report Climate change decision support framework and software for coastal Councils - Local Government Association of South Australia
Author(s) Balston, J
Kellett, J
Wells, G
Li, S
Gray, A
Western, M
Year of publication 2012
Publisher Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE)
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Subjects Interdisciplinary Engineering not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary This Coastal Adaptation Decision Support Pathways project aims to assess and quantify the likely impacts to Councils from coastal inundation and erosion as a result of climate change on existing assets, and identify decision pathways for a range of adaptation options. The deliverables from the project are detailed in this report: a review of the likely climate changes and climate change impacts for the Australian coastal zone; a review of the identified policy options for addressing coastal climate change impacts both in Australia and overseas (Appendix 1 and 2); and an easy to use decision map to guide decision makers through the steps associated with determining the likely costs and liabilities associated with climate change impacts on existing coastal assets. The accompanying Excel ® financial simulation model was designed to be a generic pilot financial model for evaluating the costs associated with identified policy and investment options in the coastal zone. The project outputs provide useful tools and processes for assessing the impacts of coastal climate change on existing infrastructure and the development of adaptation strategies based on the science and impacts of climate change, the options to defend, retreat, accommodate or delay, and the possible financial and legal ramifications. Development and testing of both the Decision Map and the Financial Simulation Model with the two case study Councils and their real life situations and data constraints proved a valuable process and allowed for iterative improvements on both deliverables. Further work to expand the range of Councils that use and provide feedback on the tools developed is recommended.
Commissioning body Local Government Association of South Australia
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