In situ adaptation to climatic change: mineral industry responses to extreme flooding events in Queensland, Australia

Sharma, Vigya and Franks, Daniel M. (2013) In situ adaptation to climatic change: mineral industry responses to extreme flooding events in Queensland, Australia. Society and Natural Resources, 26 11: 1252-1267. doi:10.1080/08941920.2013.797528

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Author Sharma, Vigya
Franks, Daniel M.
Title In situ adaptation to climatic change: mineral industry responses to extreme flooding events in Queensland, Australia
Journal name Society and Natural Resources   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-1920
1521-0723
Publication date 2013-07-18
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08941920.2013.797528
Volume 26
Issue 11
Start page 1252
End page 1267
Total pages 17
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Extractive resource development necessitates a direct and immediate dependence upon the environment and is particularly sensitive to climate variability and change. This article examines adaptation to climatic changes within the mining industry through a case study of extreme flooding events during 2007–2008 and 2010–2011 in Queensland, Australia. With 47 of the state's 57 coal mines impacted by the 2010–2011 floods, vast infrastructure damage, lost export earnings of more than $2 billion, and consequent impacts on surrounding socioeconomic and ecological landscapes, the case demonstrates the industry's vulnerability to climatic changes and the importance of planned adaptation for its future viability. As mineral resources are embedded within the landscape, adaptation must necessarily be in situ. The article draws lessons from the case to better inform sector-wide strategies for in situ adaptation. The findings are relevant to other industry sectors, such as tourism and forestry, where geographical relocation is not an available adaptation strategy.
Keyword Adaptation
Climate change
Climatic variability
Floods
Mining
Queensland
Sustainable development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Publications
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