Costs and coasts: an empirical assessment of physical and institutional climate adaptation pathways

Short Summary of Resource
This report provides examples of both the economic costs and benefits of adaptation, and the institutional factors that may enable or constrain it, across a range of case studies of Queensland coastal communities
Detailed description of the resource
Using a quantitative analysis of the distribution of costs and benefits of three adaptation options (protect, accommodate and retreat) across the residential sector in six Australian coastal communities, we were able to identify a typology of Australian coastal communities based on the economy, equitability and affordability of a community adaptation (seawall) for each style of settlement. The typology provides an empirical underpinning for whether adaptation should be considered at the community level, the individual property level, or not at all, based on simple community characteristics and the distribution of risks and benefits throughout the community
Content Owners / Rights Holders
National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
Date of Publication
Type of Resource
Sector reports
Format of Resource
Relevant Sector
ALL sectors
Geographical Scope
Local government
Relevant LG Functional Area
Asset management, Environment/sustainability, Engineering/infrastructure, Disaster/emergency management
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Relevant Governance Indicator
Adaptation planning, Climate risk management