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Abstract: At SoAC 2007, we described the intent and proposed methodology of the research project “Integrated Assessment of Climate Change on Urban Settlements” (IACCIUS) (Li 2007). The research was part of a larger program of Commonwealth-funded research, and unlike much other work focused on small-medium settlements. This paper presents selected findings of the completed project (see Li et al 2009). The project utilised five settlements as case studies to (i) inform development of generically applicable approaches to assessing urban climate change impacts, and (ii) generate practical, specific insights into aspects of each case settlement. This paper presents:

• An overview of the developed and tested methodology, specifically the Integrated Systems Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (ISRaVA) process, which combines multiple disciplinary traditions and methods;

• Selected findings regarding impacts and adaptation options in the five case study settlements (Bendigo, Canberra, Cooma, Darwin, Queanbeyan);

• Emerging issues for research and policy that will arise as further assessment of the implications of climate change for urban settlements are undertaken.

• Comments on the challenge of “mainstreaming” climate change considerations in public policy and administration.

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