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H. Socioeconomic Impact

Adapting to climate change on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, 1900-1990

Heathcote, R.L. Dr, Visiting Scholar, Tel: (08) 8201 2107; Fax: (08) 8201 3521;

Research organisation: School of Geography, Population and Environmental Management, Flinders University, GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001.


To understand and document societal responses on Eyre Peninsula over the period 1900 to 1990 to the periodic climatic fluctuations which have been experienced.


Historical geographical research using archival official statistical sources for agricultural production, population data, departmental records for policy issues, local government archives for decision making, oral histories, newspapers etc. Time series analysis; content analysis.

Progress: about one-third complete.

Period: Commenced 1992

Status: ongoing

Keywords: environmental perception, drought, climate change, natural hazards


Heathcote, R.L. (1991). Managing the droughts? Perception of resource management in the face of the drought hazard in Australia, In A. Henderson-Sellers and A. Pitman (eds) Vegetation and Climate Interactions in Semi-arid Regions, Kluwer, pp. 219-230.

Heathcote, R.L. (1996). Settlement advance and retreat: a century of experience on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. In J.C. Ribot, A.R. Magalhaes and S.S.Panagides (eds), Climate Variability, Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the Semi-Arid Tropics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 109-122.

Faulkner, D.R. and Heathcote, R.L. (1996). Linking populations and production units: a preliminary exercise for Eyre Peninsula, S.A. South Australian Geographical Journal 95, 50-69.


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