Climate change adaptation in developed nations

Climate change adaptation in developed nations : from theory to practice /ed. by James Ford and Lea Berrang-Ford. Springer, 2011, 490 p. (Advances in Global Change Research, Vol. 42)

It is now widely accepted that adaptation will be necessary if we are to manage the risks posed by climate change. What we know about adaptation, however, is limited. While there is a well established body of scholarship proposing assessment approaches and explaining concepts, few studies have examined if and how adaptation is taking place at a national or regional level. This deficit in understanding is particularly pronounced in developed nations which have typically been assumed to have a low vulnerability to climate change. Yet as recent research highlights, this assumption is misplaced: developed nations are experiencing the most pronounced changes in climatic conditions globally and have significant pockets of vulnerability. Chapters in this book profile cases from different sectors in developed nations where specific adaptation measures have been identified, implemented, and evaluated. The contributions provide practical advice and guidance that can help guide adaptation planning in multiple contexts, identifying transferable lessons (© Springer)

Contents :

I: Introduction and Overview

1. Introduction (James D. Ford and Lea Berrang-Ford)

2. Climate Change Adaptation as a Social Process (Johanna Wolf)

3. Entering the Period of Consequences: The Explosive US Awakening to the Need for Adaptation (Susanne C. Moser)

4. Perspectives on Adaptation to Climate Change in Europe (Stephane Isoard)

5. The Australian Experience (Timothy Frederick Smith, Dana C. Thomsen, and Noni Keys)

6. Leading the UK Adaptation Agenda: A Landscape of Stakeholders and Networked Organizations for Adaptation to Climate Change (Emily Boyd, Roger Street, Megan Gawith, Kate Lonsdale, Laurie Newton, Kay Johnstone, and Gerry Metcalf)

7. Adaptation to Climate Change in Canada: A Multi-level Mosaic (Thea Dickinson and Ian Burton)

II: Adaptation in the Public Health Sector

8. Overview: Adaptive Management for the Health Risks of Climate Change (Kristie L. Ebi)

9. Behavioral Health and Risk Perception: Factors in Strengthening Community Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness (David Hutton)

10. Lateral Public Health: A Comprehensive Approach to Adaptation in Urban Environments (Jan C. Semenza)

11. Public Health in Canada and Adaptation to Infectious Disease Risks of Climate Change: Are We Planning or Just Keeping Our Fingers Crossed? (Nicholas Hume Ogden, Paul Sockett, and Manon Fleury)

12. Climate Change, Water-related Health Impacts, and Adaptation: Highlights From the Swedish Government’s Commission on Climate and Vulnerability (Elisabet Lindgren, Ann Albihn, and Yvonne Andersson)

13. Adaptation to the Heat-related Health Impact of Climate Change in Japan (Yasushi Honda, Masaji Ono, and Kristie L. Ebi)

14. Risk Perception, Health Communication and Adaptation to the Health Impacts of Climate Change in Canada (Peter Berry, Kaila-Lea Clarke, Mark Pajot, and David Hutton)

III: Adaptation in the Industrial Sector

15. Overview: Climate Change Adaptation in Industry (Paul Kovacs)

16. Impacts Of and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Electricity Sector in Germany and France (Benno Rothstein and Sylvie Parey)

17. The Role of Codes, Standards and Related Instruments in Facilitating Adaptation to Climate Change (Paul Steenhof and Erik Sparling)

18. Learning Adaptation: Climate-related Risk Management in the Insurance Industry (Christina L. Cook and Hadi Dowlatabadi)

19. Adaptive Capacity of Forest Management Systems on Publicly Owned Forested Landscapes in Canada (Mark Johnston, Tim Williamson, Harry Nelson, Laird Van Damme, Aynslie Ogden, and Hayley Hesseln)

IV: Adaptation in the Urban Environment

20. Overview: Climate Change Adaptation in the Urban Environment (Thomas J. Wilbanks)

21. Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Urban Settlements: Lessons from Five Australian Cases (Geraldine Li and Stephen Dovers)

22. The Role of Local Government in Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from New-Zealand (Andy Reisinger, David Wratt, Sylvia Allan, and Howard Larsen)

23. Perceptions of Risk and Limits for Climate Change Adaptation: Case Studies of Two Swedish Urban Regions (Louise Simonsson, Asa Gerger Swartling, Karin André, Oskar Wallgren, and Richard J.T. Klein)

24. Asking the Climate Question: Climate Change Adaptation in King County, Washington (Elizabeth Willmott and Jennifer Penney)

V: Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector

25. Overview: Climate Change Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector (John M. Reilly)

26. Climate Change and Adaptation of Wheat Producing Nations: Selected Case Studies from Canada and Australia (Monique Helfrich and Vivek Prasad)

27. Use of Modern Portfolio Theory to Evaluate Diversification of Agricultural Land Use as An Adaptation to Climate Change Risks in the Tisza River Basin (Saskia E. Werners, Éva Erdélyi, and Iwan Supit)

28. Government Action to Promote Sustainable Adaptation by the Agriculture and Land Management Sector in England (Nicholas A. Macgregor and Caroline E. Cowan)

VI: Adaptation in Rural and Resource-dependent Communities

29. Overview: Climate Change Adaptation in Rural and Resource-dependent Communities (Stewart J. Cohen)

30. Scenarios for Engaging a Rural Australian Community in Climate Change Adaptation Work (Jodi-Anne Michelle Smith, Martin Mulligan, and Yaso Nadarajah)

31. Coordinating Environmental Protection and Climate Change Adaptation Policy in Resource-dependent Communities: A Case Study from the Tibetan Plateau (Julia A. Klein, Emily Yeh, Joseph Bump, Yonten Nyima, and Kelly Hopping)

32. Mainstreaming Climate Change in Drinking Water Source Protection in Ontario: Challenges and Opportunities (Rob C. de Loë)

33. Opportunities and Carriers for Sdaptation and Local Adaptation Planning in Canadian Rural and Resource-based Communities (Robert A. McLeman, Michael Brklacich, Maureen Woodrow, Kelly Vodden, Patricia Gallaugher, and Renate Sander-Regier)

34. Anticipatory Adaptation in Marginalized Communities Within Developed Countries (Michelle Boyle and Hadi Dowlatabadi)

VII: Future Directions

35. Adaptation to Climate Change: Context, Status and Prospects (Ian Burton)

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