Mapping Co2 emission from commuting in regional Australia : greater Geelong case study

Leao, Simone 2013, Mapping Co2 emission from commuting in regional Australia : greater Geelong case study, in SOAC 2013 : Proceedings of the 2013 6th State of Australian Cities Conference, SOAC, [Sydney, N.S.W.], pp. 1-15.

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Title Mapping Co2 emission from commuting in regional Australia : greater Geelong case study
Author(s) Leao, Simone
Conference name State of Australian Cities. Conference (6th : 2013 : Sydney, NSW)
Conference location Sydney, NSW
Conference dates 26-29 Nov. 2013
Title of proceedings SOAC 2013 : Proceedings of the 2013 6th State of Australian Cities Conference
Editor(s) Ruming, Kristian
Randolph, Bill
Gurran, Nicole
Publication date 2013
Conference series State of Australian Cities Conference
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Publisher SOAC
Place of publication [Sydney, N.S.W.]
Keyword(s) carbon emission
regional growth
computer simulation
Summary Commuting to work is one of the most important and regular routines of urban transportation. From a geographic perspective, the length of people's commute is influenced, to some degree, by the spatial separation of their home and workplace and the transport infrastructure. The rise of car ownership in Australia has been accompanied by a considerable decrease of public transport use. Increased personal mobility has fuelled the trend of decentralised housing development, mostly without a clear planning for local employment, or alternative means of transportation. As a result, the urban patterns of regional Australia is formed by a complex network of a multitude of small towns, scattered in relatively large areas, which are totally dependent and polarized by few medium and large cities. Such hierarchical and dispersed geographical structure implies significant carbon dioxide emissions from transportation. Transport sector accounts for 14% of Australia's net greenhouse gas emissions, and without further policy action, they are projected to continue to increase. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the importance of incorporating urban climate understanding and knowledge into urban planning processes in order to develop cities that are more sustainable. A GIS-based gravity model is employed to examine the travel patterns related to hierarchical and geographical urban region networks, and the derived total carbon emissions, using the Greater Geelong region as a case study. The new challenges presented by climate change bring with them opportunities. In order to fully reach the very challenging targets of carbon reduction in Australia an integrated and strategic vision for urban and regional planning is necessary.
ISBN 1740440331
Language kor
Field of Research 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
120508 Urban Design
Socio Economic Objective 960302 Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
HERDC collection year 2013
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Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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