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Adaptation lessons from Cyclone Tracy / authors: Matthew Mason, Katharine Haynes
Bib ID 8046493
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, online resource]
Author
Mason, Matthew S., author
 
Online Access
Online Versions
Access Conditions National edeposit: Available online. 
Description Gold Coast, Queensland : National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, 2010 
1 online resource (82 pages) : colour illustrations, maps, charts. 
ISBN 9781921609138
Series

National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (Australia). Historical case studies of extreme events

Technical Details

Available online (as at 04/09/15) at: https://www.nccarf.edu.au/publications/adaptation-lessons-cyclone-tracy. 

text file PDF 

Summary

This report highlights Cyclone Tracy, which was a Category 4 cyclone that laid waste to the city of Darwin in the Northern Territory early on Christmas Day in 1974. Cyclone Tracy showed the nation just how devastating the impact of a cyclone could be, and awoke the engineering community - local and international - to the true risk of cyclonic wind storms. Tracy's small size minimised the spatial extent of damage, but her slow forward speed meant the areas beneath her storm track were completely devastated. Cyclone Tracy resulted in 71 deaths and 650 injuries. Fortunately for Darwin, flooding and storm surge were not major issues, or these numbers could have been far higher. In almost all cases, wind was the dominant factor in the ensuing structural damage, which left 94 per cent of housing uninhabitable and approximately 40 000 people homeless, and necessitated the evacuation of 80 per cent of the city's residents.

Notes

Title from PDF cover page (viewed on September 4, 2015)

NCCARF Synthesis and Integrative Research Program.

Includes bibliographical references.

Mason, M & Haynes, K 2010, Adaptation lessons from Cyclone Tracy, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Gold Coast, 82 pp.

Also available online (as at 04/09/15) at: https://www.nccarf.edu.au/publications/adaptation-lessons-cyclone-tracy.

Subjects Cyclone Tracy, 1974.  |  Cyclone damage -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.  |  Building, Stormproof -- Australia.  |  Climatic changes -- Risk assessment -- Australia.  |  Climatic changes -- Risk management -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Haynes, Katharine, 1977-, author  |  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (Australia), issuing body  |  Macquarie University, host institution  |  National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (Australia)
Music Publisher Number NCCARF Publication 11/10 

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