Abstract: The impact of climate change is one of the most significant environmental challenges facing humans. Australia is likely to face temperature increases in the range 0.6–1.5°C by 2030 and 2.2–5°C by 2070 compared with the climate of 1980–99 (CSIRO & Bureau of Meteorology, 2014). Extreme events are likely to become more severe and frequent in many locations across Australia, thus demanding preparatory measures to mitigate the potential risks (Addison, 2013). These extreme events include cyclones, and associated storm surges, riverine and flash flooding, heatwaves, coastal erosion, bushfires and more frequent droughts. To inform Indigenous peoples’ pathways to adaptation, there is a need for understanding what impacts climate change and extreme events have on Indigenous communities, how climate change–related changes and impacts are perceived and what might be feasible adaptation responses. In this chapter, we aim to present a synthesis of research conducted in four case studies (see Figure 19.1) that address these issues.
Zander, Kerstin K., Maru, Yiheyis T., Race, Digby, Mathew, Supriya, Rainbird, John, 2021, Perceptions about climate change impacts and adaptation – case studies from Indigenous communities in northern and central Australia, Book Section, viewed 30 November 2021, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=26815.