Beaches as societal assets: Council expenditures, recreational returns, and climate change

Boyd Dirk Blackwell, Mike Raybould, Neil Lazarow

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Abstract

Drawing on expenditure and survey data from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts in Queensland, Australia, this chapter compares expenditures on beaches relative to their recreational benefits. Beaches are found to be exceptional investments. The comparison of the two councils also provides insights into their relative capacity to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change. The Gold Coast can rely to some extent on historical large investments in infrastructure to defend itself against change. In contrast, the Sunshine Coast has more options which may lower the cost of adaptation e.g., it can rely more heavily on retreating from change in certain locations because of historical investment in dunal buffer zones. However, historical investment patterns impact in different ways on the environmental quality of beaches and the benefits provided to users and non-users. Limitations and areas of future research are also outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Tourism Economics: Analysis, New Applications and Case Studies
EditorsC A Tisdell
Place of PublicationSingapore, United States
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing
Chapter20
Pages443-467
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9789814327084
ISBN (Print)9789814327077
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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Blackwell, B. D., Raybould, M., & Lazarow, N. (2013). Beaches as societal assets: Council expenditures, recreational returns, and climate change. In C. A. Tisdell (Ed.), Handbook of Tourism Economics: Analysis, New Applications and Case Studies (pp. 443-467). Singapore, United States: World Scientific Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814327084_0020
Blackwell, Boyd Dirk ; Raybould, Mike ; Lazarow, Neil. / Beaches as societal assets: Council expenditures, recreational returns, and climate change. Handbook of Tourism Economics: Analysis, New Applications and Case Studies. editor / C A Tisdell . Singapore, United States : World Scientific Publishing, 2013. pp. 443-467
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Blackwell, BD, Raybould, M & Lazarow, N 2013, Beaches as societal assets: Council expenditures, recreational returns, and climate change. in CA Tisdell (ed.), Handbook of Tourism Economics: Analysis, New Applications and Case Studies. World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, United States, pp. 443-467. https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814327084_0020

Beaches as societal assets: Council expenditures, recreational returns, and climate change. / Blackwell, Boyd Dirk; Raybould, Mike; Lazarow, Neil.

Handbook of Tourism Economics: Analysis, New Applications and Case Studies. ed. / C A Tisdell . Singapore, United States : World Scientific Publishing, 2013. p. 443-467.

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Blackwell BD, Raybould M, Lazarow N. Beaches as societal assets: Council expenditures, recreational returns, and climate change. In Tisdell CA, editor, Handbook of Tourism Economics: Analysis, New Applications and Case Studies. Singapore, United States: World Scientific Publishing. 2013. p. 443-467 https://doi.org/10.1142/9789814327084_0020