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Energy and communication infrastructure for disaster resilience in rural and regional Australia
journal contributionposted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Julie FreemanJulie Freeman, Linda HancockLinda Hancock
Energy and communication infrastructure for disaster resilience in rural and regional Australia, Regional Studies. Australia's rural and regional areas are prone to frequent natural disasters with extensive socio-economic impacts. Resultant damage to large-grid energy and communication networks can lead to widespread, lengthy outages, signalling the need for alternative infrastructure developments to aid disaster risk reduction and resilience-building (DRRR). Distributed smart renewable energy micro-grid systems can mitigate adverse impacts through outage prevention and rapid service restoration, increase rural and regional resilience, and offer communities opportunities for socio-economic development. However, renewable energy and digital communications policy uncertainty currently adversely affects disaster preparedness and investment in alternative infrastructure, undermining rural and regional futures.
Pagination933 - 944
Publication classificationC Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice2016, Regional Studies Association
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