Advances in Global Change Research

Climate Change Adaptation in Developed Nations

From Theory to Practice

Editors: Ford, James, Berrang Ford, Lea (Eds.)

  • Offers practical lessons for adapting to climate change
  • Features a unique structure: leading scientists provide an overview chapter for each section, critique the chapters, discuss adaptation progress in the section in question, and outline future research and policy needs
  • Focuses on the developed world where many edited volumes focus on developing nations
  • Presents case studies from a diversity of authors including scientists as well as policy makers from the US, Japan, Australia, Canada, UK, France, Germany, New Zealand, and Hungary
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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.

It is a comprehensive and timely piece of work on an emerging body of literature that is critical for both academics and policy makers to be aware of and learn from in regards to the importance of adaptation and adaptation needs associated with climate change and variability.  It is a strong step forward in bringing together this literature and thinking in one collective piece of writing.

Chris Furgal, Trent University, Canada

Lead Author IPCC 4th Assessment Report

 

This volume is ambitious in scope and distinctive in focus. It is not about climate change science or mitigation or impacts... but focuses clearly on the processes of adaptation. This volume represents a valuable compilation of ideas, methods and applications dealing with adaptation to climate change in developed nations.

Barry Smit, University of Guelph, Canada

Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change

 

This book provides key insights from leading scholars who are addressing an important but neglected question: How easy is it to adapt to climate change in practice? Focusing on evidence from developed countries, the contributions provide reasons for both optimism and concern, and lessons that are critical for anyone interested in climate change policy and a sustainable future.

Karen O’Brien, University of Oslo, Norway

Chair of Global Environmental Change and Human Security

Table of contents (35 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Ford, James D. (et al.)

    Pages 3-20

  • Climate Change Adaptation as a Social Process

    Wolf, Johanna

    Pages 21-32

  • Entering the Period of Consequences: The Explosive US Awakening to the Need for Adaptation

    Moser, Susanne C.

    Pages 33-49

  • Perspectives on Adaptation to Climate Change in Europe

    Isoard, Stéphane

    Pages 51-68

  • The Australian Experience

    Smith, Timothy Frederick (et al.)

    Pages 69-84

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Climate Change Adaptation in Developed Nations
Book Subtitle
From Theory to Practice
Editors
  • James Ford
  • Lea Berrang Ford
Series Title
Advances in Global Change Research
Series Volume
42
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0567-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0567-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0566-1
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3665-8
Series ISSN
1574-0919
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 492
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