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Successful adaptation to climate change : linking science and policy in a rapidly changing world

Author: Susanne C Moser; Maxwell T Boykoff
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.
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What does successful adaptation look like? This is a question we are frequently asked by planners, policy makers and other professionals charged with the task of developing and implementing adaptation strategies. While adaptation is increasingly recognized as an important climate risk management strategy, and on-the-ground adaptation planning activity is becoming more common-place, there is no clear guidance as to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susanne C Moser; Maxwell T Boykoff
ISBN: 9780415524995 0415524997 9780415525008 0415525004
OCLC Number: 773023807
Description: xxiv, 331 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Climate change and adaptation success: the scope of the challenge / Susanne C. Moser, Maxwell T. Boykoff --
Part I. Changing goals, trade-offs, and synergies : Reducing the risk of maladaptation in response to sea-level rise and urban water scarcity / Jon Barnett, Steve Waller, Saffron O'Neill, Sarah Rogers --
Biodiversity conservation for a climate-altered future / Bruce A. Stein, M. Rebecca Shaw --
Climate adaptation, moral reparation, and the baseline problem / Benjamin Hale, Adam Pérou Hermans, Alexander Lee --
REDD+ and social justice: adaptation by way of mitigation? / Heike Schroeder, Chukwumerije Okereke --
Part II. Institutional arrangements, interplay, and alignment : Institutions as key element to successful climate adaptation processes: results from the San Francisco Bay Area / Julia A. Ekstrom, Susanne C. Moser --
Rapid transformation of the U.S. electric power system: prospects and impediments / Roger E. Kasperson, Bonnie Ram --
Towards a binding adaptation regime: three levers and two instruments / Mizan R. Khan, J. Timmons Roberts --
Part III. Science-practice interactions, decision support, and supporting norms : Waters, seas, and wine: science for successful climate adaptation / Benjamin L. Preston, Lauren Rickards, Suraje Dessai, Ryan Meyer --
Promoting adaptation success in natural resource management through decision support: lessons from the Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions / Lisa Dilling, Rebecca Romsdahl --
Climate risk management: laying the groundwork for successful adaptation / Anthony Patt --
Building climate resilience: lessons of early warning In Africa / Emily Boyd, Rosalind J. Cornforth --
Engaging science and managing scientific uncertainty in urban climate adaptation planning / Joann Carmin, David Dodman --
Part IV. Effective communication and engagement : Media coverage of discourse on adaptation: competing visions of "success" in the Indian context / Maxwell T. Boykoff, Aditya Ghosh, Kanmani Venkateswaran --
Risk communication and adaptation in settlements on the coast and in deltas of the Mekong Region / Louis Lebel, Bach Tan Sinh, Ngo Cong Chinh, Sakaradhorn Boontaveeyuwat, Ham Kimkong --
Climate change visioning: effective processes for advancing the policy and practice of local adaptation / Sarah L.M. Burch, Stephen R.J. Sheppard, Ellen Pond, Olaf Schroth --
Part V. Motivations, identities, reflexivity, and personal change : Navigating the political and emotional terrain of adaptation: community engagement when climate change comes home / Susanne C. Moser --
The courage to change: adaptation from the inside-out / Karen O'Brien.
Responsibility: edited by Susanne C. Moser and Maxwell T. Boykoff.
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What does successful adaptation look like? This is a question we are frequently asked by planners, policy makers and other professionals charged with the task of developing and implementing adaptation strategies. While adaptation is increasingly recognized as an important climate risk management strategy, and on-the-ground adaptation planning activity is becoming more common-place, there is no clear guidance as to what success would look like, what to aim for and how to judge progress. This edited volume makes significant progress toward unpacking the question of successful adaptation, offering both scientifically informed and practice-relevant answers from various sectors and regions of the world. It brings together 18 chapters from leading experts within the field to present careful analyses of different cases and situations, questioning throughout commonly avowed truisms and unspoken assumptions that have pervaded climate adaptation science and practice to date. This book offers not one answer but demonstrates how the question of success in important ways is normative and context specific. It identifies the various dimensions of success, such as economic, political, institutional, ecological, and social, explores the tensions between them, and compiles encouraging evidence that resolutions can be found. The book appraises how climatic and non-climatic stressors play a role, what role science does and can play in adaptation decision making, and how trade-offs and other concerns and priorities shape adaptation planning and implementation on the ground. This interdisciplinary text sheds light on key issues that arise in on-the-ground adaptation to climate change. It bridges the gap between science and practical application of successful adaptation strategies. -- From publisher's website.

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