Socio-economic trends and climate change adaptation: the case of South East Queensland

Roiko, A., Mangoyana, R. B., McFallan, S., Carter, R. W., Oliver, J. and Smith, T. F. (2012) Socio-economic trends and climate change adaptation: the case of South East Queensland. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 19 1: 35-50. doi:10.1080/14486563.2011.646754


Author Roiko, A.
Mangoyana, R. B.
McFallan, S.
Carter, R. W.
Oliver, J.
Smith, T. F.
Title Socio-economic trends and climate change adaptation: the case of South East Queensland
Journal name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-6563
2159-5356
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2011.646754
Volume 19
Issue 1
Start page 35
End page 50
Total pages 16
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract The effectiveness of climate change responses is influenced by the adaptive capacity of communities within regions over spatial and temporal scales. While climate change projections are commonly used to set policy and management responses, they are not always coupled with socio-economic projections over the same time periods. This article explores the interplay between socio-economic characteristics and their potential implications for regional vulnerability and adaptive capacity. Population growth presents one of the biggest challenges for the South East Queensland region (SEQ) of Australia. Indigenous people, the aged, lone person households and single parent families show marked increases relative to other population segments. The literature suggests that these groups are more vulnerable to the risks associated with climate change. Population growth will not only increase the number of vulnerable groups, but also the demand for land, goods and services, including energy, infrastructure and ecosystem services. However, such data need to be integrated with contextspecific data to account for spatial and temporal variations (or differences) in the adaptive capacity of communities.
Keyword Adaptive capacity
Community
Context-specific data
Demography
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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