Coastal Processes, Tourism and Climate Change in the East Coast Cluster: Impacts & Opportunities

Much of the coastal and marine tourism industry in the region is heavily dependent on natural assets that are vulnerable to climate change impacts. An increased frequency of extreme weather events, warming sea surface and land temperatures,and sea level rise are expected to significantly alter already dynamic coastal systems.

In northern parts of the region, high vulnerability to fluvial erosion may increase water quality impacts on downstream coastal environments.

In southern parts of the region, large and internationally significant areas of coastal wetlands may be lost in areas like the Hunter River Estuary under high-emissions sea level rise scenarios.

There is significant opportunity for regional tourism networks along the east coast to align their industry plans with regional NRM planning to identify shared assets to protect, explore opportunities for the co-management of coastal resources and environments, and to coordinate disaster planning and recovery efforts.The strong environmental stewardship ethic of coastal tourism operators provides a platform to explore future opportunities as managers of the coastal environment, including the potential for monitoring and managing carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands as an income diversification strategy.



Detailed Descriptions
Fact sheet, Brochure, Case Study
040305 - Marine Geoscience, 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), 140216 - Tourism Economics, 150603 - Tourism Management
Geographic and Temporal Extents
Northern Coast, Burnett Mary, South East Queensland, Fitzroy, Greater Sydney, Hunter
Central Mackay Coast, South Eastern Highlands, Sydney Basin, Brigalow Belt South, Brigalow Belt North, South Eastern Queensland, NSW North Coast
Start 2030 Start text End 2090 End text
Attributions and Constraints
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CSIRO Land and Water
Sonja Heyenga, Matt Curnock, Bruce Taylor, Nadine Marshall and Julie Signorini, Kerrylee Rogers and Lilly Lim-Camacho.
Bruce Taylor, Sonja Heyenga and Nadine Marshall (2015) Coastal Processes, Tourism and Climate Change in the East Coast Cluster: Impacts & Opportunities. CSIRO, Brisbane.
Bruce Taylor.