Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance

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  • Edition: Revised
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  • Copyright: 2010-11-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Adapting to climate change is a critical problem facing humanity. This involves reconsidering our lifestyles, and is linked to our actions as individuals, societies and governments. This book presents top science and social science research on whether the world can adapt to climate change. Written by experts, both academics and practitioners, it examines the risks to ecosystems, demonstrating how values, culture and the constraining forces of governance act as barriers to action. As a review of science and a holistic assessment of adaptation options, it is essential reading for those concerned with responses to climate change, especially researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and graduate students. Significant features include historical, contemporary, and future insights into adaptation to climate change; coverage of adaptation issues from different perspectives: climate science, hydrology, engineering, ecology, economics, human geography, anthropology and political science; and contributions from leading researchers and practitioners from around the world.

Table of Contents

Adaptation now
Adapting to Thresholds in Physical and Ecological Systems:
Ecological limits of adaptation to climate change
Adapting to the effects of climate change on water supply reliability
Protecting London from tidal flooding: limits to engineering adaptation
Climate prediction: a limit to adaptation?
Learning to crawl: how to use seasonal climate forecasts to build adaptive capacity
Norse Greenland settlement and limits to adaptation
Sea ice change in Arctic Canada: are there limits to Inuit adaptation?
The Role of Value and Culture in Adaptation:
The past, present and some possible futures of adaptation
Do values subjectively define the limits to climate change adaptation?
Conceptual and practical barriers to adaptation: vulnerability and responses to heat waves in the UK
Values and cost-benefit analysis: economic efficiency criteria in adaptation
Hidden costs and disparate uncertainties: trade-offs in approaches to climate policy
Community based adaptation and culture in theory and practice
Exploring the invisibility of local knowledge in decision-making: the Boscastle harbour flood disaster
Adaptation and conflict within fisheries: insights for living with climate change
Exploring cultural dimensions of adaptation to climate change
Adapting to an uncertain climate on the great plains: testing hypotheses on historical populations
Climate change and adaptive human migration: lessons from rural North America
Governance, Knowledge and Technologies for Adaptation:
Are our levers long and our fulcra strong enough? Exploring the soft underbelly of adaptation decisions and actions
Decentralized planning and climate adaptation: toward transparent governance
Climate adaptation, local institutions and rural livelihoods
Adaptive governance for a changing coastline: science, policy and publics in search of a sustainable future
Climate change, international cooperation and adaptation in transboundary water management
Decentralization: a window of opportunity for successful adaptation to climate change?
Adapting to climate change: the nation-state as problem and solution
Limits to adaptation: analysing institutional constraints
Accessing diversification, networks and traditional resource management as adaptations to climate extremes
Governance limits to effective global financial support for adaptation
Organizational learning and governance in adaptation in urban development
Conclusions: transforming the world
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