Drought has increasingly become a major issue in Australia and globally. Increased severity and longitude of drought and flash flooding are only predicted to get worse under expected climatic conditions. Whilst some countries are developing “plans” to reduce the impact of drought, the ability of communities to adapt and be resilient to drought, depends on the capacity and capability of the area. This study will look at the capacity of communities in the Murray Darling Basin, south east Australia to adapt to drought, specifically how their capacity changed as a result of the Millennium (2003-2009) drought. We create an index that can be used to differentiate the various determinates of capacity of areas to cope with the drought. Results indicate that areas with higher overall capacity adapted better to the drought, although the Murray Darling Basin suffered with higher income disparity and poverty rates compared to the nation.
|Title of host publication||Refereed Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI|
|Place of Publication||New Zealand|
|Publisher||AERU Research Unit, Lincoln University|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI) - Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia|
Duration: 3 Dec 2013 → 6 Dec 2013
|Conference||37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI)|
|Period||3/12/13 → 6/12/13|
VIDYATTAMA, Y., PEARSON, L., MOHANTY, I., & TANTON, R. (2013). Measuring the Multidimensional Impact of Drought on Regional Capacity. In P. Dalziel (Ed.), Refereed Proceedings of the 37th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI (pp. 165-173). New Zealand: AERU Research Unit, Lincoln University.