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Written by National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Australia   
Monday, 29 August 2011
Beach erosion caused by storm tides

Aim and Objectives of the Project

The aim of this case study is to examine socio-economic vulnerability and adaptation responses to extreme coastal storm events which result in severe erosion and coastal inundation.
The objectives are to:
  • Identify current socio-economic and physical vulnerabilities of coastal communities and coastal ecosystems to climate and weather-related hazards;
  • Determine the factors contributing to socio-economic vulnerability to coastal storm hazards and identify areas, communities and social groups particularly vulnerable;
  • Review past technical, policy, planning and regulatory responses to extreme coastal erosion and storm tide events and identify attributes of capability to cope with and recover from past events;
  • Assess the effectiveness of past responses and their suitability for likely future events under climate change;
  • Identify alternative or additional strategies that can improve community preparedness


This case study will focus on the May 2009 storm that affected South East Queensland and Northern NSW to explore vulnerabilities, disaster responses and changes in planning, management and policy which are enacted or proposed, and which may result in long-term adaptation improvements. This analysis will be supported by an examination of previous storms which have impacted on coastal settlements.

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