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Climate Change and the Coast

Building Resilient Communities

By Bruce Glavovic, Robert Kay, Michael Kelly, Ailbhe Travers

CRC Press – 2014 – 400 pages

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    978-0-415-46487-1
    November 15th 2014
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Description

Coastal communities are in the front line of climate change. Escalating problems created by sea-level rise, more intense coastal storms, ocean acidification and other repercussions of climate change will exacerbate already pervasive impacts resulting from rapid coastal population growth and development intensification. Coastal communities will only survive and prosper in the coming decades if all concerned make a concerted effort to improve their resilience and adaptability.

Telling the stories of real-world communities in diverse coastal settings, this book draws upon the latest research findings from a wide range of disciplines. Case studies are drawn from all around the world and from countries with varying levels of development including America’s Gulf of Mexico coast, Australia, Brazil, Britain, China, New Zealand, The Maldives, South Africa, Bangladesh and Vietnam.

Each case study addresses vital questions highlighted below:

  • What is unique to this particular place?
  • What makes this place especially vulnerable to climate change and other threats?
  • What can we learn from past experience?
  • What will help or hinder efforts to incorporate climate change adaptation measures into planning and decision making?
  • What practical steps can be taken to build resilience, adaptive capacity and sustainability?

If you’re faced with the real-world task of helping coastal communities adapt to climate change, or a student or researcher concerned with the impacts of climate change on the coastal zone, then this book will be invaluable to you. It shows you what has succeeded and what has failed around the world, where there are opportunities to be grasped and pitfalls to be avoided.

Contents

1.Introduction 2. Understanding Climate Change 3. Governance for Coastal Sustainability and Climate Change Adaptation 4. Social-Ecological Change in Canada’s Arctic 5. Climate Change and Infrastructure Adaptation in New York City 6. Adapting to Climate Change in the Mississippi Delta and Coastal Wetlands of Louisiana 7. Building Resilient Communities Case Study – India 8. Climate Change Impacts on a coastal Region of Bangladesh 9. A Climate for Change: A Comparative Analysis of Rapidly Urbanising Chinese and Australian City Regions 10. Coastal Climate Change Adaptation in Australia 11. Building Resilience within Australian Coastal Regions 12. From Coping to Resilience: The Role of managed Retreat in Highly Developed Regions such as New Zealand 13. A Tale of Two Island Nations: Climate Change Adaptation in Kiribati and the Maldives 14. Planning for Coastal Change in Caribbean Small Islands 15. Building Capacity and Governance to Assess and Reduce Vulnerability in the Uruguayan Coast 16. The Challenge of the Process of Coastal Management in Brazil in Times of Global Climate Change 17. Towards Adaptive Management in Coastal Zones: Experiences from the Eastern Coastline of England 18. Adaptation to Change in the North Sea 19. Mediterranean Regional Seas 20. Climate Change and Mozambique 21. A Study of Climate Change in Durban, South Africa 22. Building Layers of Resilience

Author Bio

Robert Charles Kay, Principal, Coastal Zone Management Pty, Perth Australia

Ailbhe Travers, Senior Consultant, Coastal Zone Management Pty and Lecturer, Coastal and Marine Systems, School of Science and Technology, University of Notre Dame (WA).

Michael (Mick) Kelly, Reader, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

Bruce Glavovic, Associate Professor, School of Environment, People & Planning, Massey University, New Zealand.

Name: Climate Change and the Coast: Building Resilient Communities (Hardback)CRC Press 
Description: By Bruce Glavovic, Robert Kay, Michael Kelly, Ailbhe Travers. Coastal communities are in the front line of climate change. Escalating problems created by sea-level rise, more intense coastal storms, ocean acidification and other repercussions of climate change will exacerbate already pervasive impacts resulting...
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