How Sensitive is Canberra to Climate Change?

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How will Canberra be affected by climate change? Well, here’s a map – we originally came across this in a  Canberra Times article a while back, but thought the maps definitely worth sharing!

What was different about this report was that it actually mapped the potential vulnerability of different Canberra suburbs to climate change.

The ACT Planning and Land Authority commissioned consultants AECOM Australia to prepare the report, titled Human Settlement Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity Assessment.

AECOM modelled a two-degree average temperature rise by 2050, which is considered to be a likely future. It then assessed the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of Canberra to the probable threats of extreme heat, bushfire, flash flooding and water scarcity.

The consultants came up with overview maps (partially reproduced below) of the vulnerability of different suburban areas in Canberra to these impacts, as well as their likely capacity to adapt to these impacts.

The maps show that some suburban areas with high vulnerability to climate change impacts, such as the Inner South, have a better capacity to adapt to them. Other areas such as Belconnen appear to have a poorer capacity to cope with the impacts.

In determining capacity to adapt, the consultants looked at factors such as Internet access, education level, knowledge of the English language, proportion of owner-occupied dwellings, household incomes, unemployment, and average monthly home loan repayments.

To find out more about the meaning of the maps below, go to the full report on Human Settlement Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity Assessment.

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Back in July you may have seen a Canberra Times article about the impact of climate change on Canberra.

 

What was different about this report was that it actually mapped the potential vulnerability of different Canberra suburbs to climate change.

 

The ACT Planning and Land Authority commissioned consultants AECOM Australia to prepare the report, titled Human Settlement Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity Assessment.

 

AECOM modelled a two-degree average temperature rise by 2050, which is considered to be a likely future. It then assessed the exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity of Canberra to the probable threats of extreme heat, bushfire, flash flooding and water scarcity.

 

The consultants came up with overview maps (partially reproduced below) of the vulnerability of different suburban areas in Canberra to these impacts, as well as their likely capacity to adapt to these impacts.

 

The maps show that some suburban areas with high vulnerability to climate change impacts, such as the Inner South, have a better capacity to adapt to them. Other areas such as Belconnen appear to have a poorer capacity to cope with the impacts.

 

In determining capacity to adapt, the consultants looked at factors such as Internet access, education level, knowledge of the English language, proportion of owner-occupied dwellings, household incomes, unemployment, and average monthly home loan repayments.

 

To find out more about the meaning of the maps below, go to the full report on Human Settlement Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity Assessment.

 

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