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Climate Change and the Coast

Building Resilient Communities

Edited by Bruce Glavovic, Robert Kay, Michael Kelly, Ailbhe Travers

CRC Press – 2015 – 600 pages

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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.

Reviews

"This book brings together more than 50 authors to explore challenges and opportunities for building the resilience and sustainability of coastal communities in the face of climate change. Case studies from different regions make it highly relevant to a wide range of scholars and practitioners. The emphasis on practical adaptation strategies and coastal governance is very timely and important."

—Joern Birkmann, United Nations University and IPCC Lead Author

Contents

Section A: Coastal communities and the climate change imperative

INTRODUCTION

B. C. Glavovic, P. M. Kelly, A. Travers and R. C. Kay

CLIMATE DRIVERS IN THE COASTAL ZONE

P. M. Kelly

ON THE FRONTLINE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE: ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH DELIBERATIVE COASTAL GOVERNANCE

B. C. Glavovic

Section B: Climate change and the coastal zone: North America

SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL CHANGE IN CANADA’S ARCTIC: COPING, ADAPTING AND LEARNING FOR AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

D. Armitage

CLIMATE CHANGE AND INFRASTRUCTURE ADAPTATION IN COASTAL NEW YORK CITY

W. Solecki, C. Rosenzweig, V. Gornitz, R. Horton, D. C. Major, L. Patrick and R. Zimmerman

CRISIS ON THE DELTA: EMERGING TRAJECTORIES FOR NEW ORLEANS

J. A. Lewis, A. M. Yoachim and D. J. Meffert

Section C: Climate change and the coastal zone: South and Southeast Asia

BUILDING RESILIENT COASTAL COMMUNITIES BY ENABLING PARTICIPATORY ACTION: A CASE STUDY FROM INDIA

R. Ramesh, A. Lakshmi, A. George and R. Purvaja

CLIMATE ADAPTATION TECHNOLOGIES IN AGRICULTURE AND WATER SUPPLY AND SANITATION PRACTICE IN THE COASTAL REGION OF BANGLADESH

S. Huq and M. G. Rabbani

COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT AND CLIMATE POLICY IN VIETNAM

P. M. Kelly

A CLIMATE FOR CHANGE: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN RAPIDLY URBANIZING AUSTRALIAN AND CHINESE CITY REGIONS

D. Low Choy, Chen Wen and S. Serrao-Neumann

Section D: Climate change and the coastal zone: Australasia

THE EVOLUTION OF COASTAL VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS TO SUPPORT ADAPTIVE DECISION-MAKING IN AUSTRALIA: A REVIEW

R. C. Kay, A. Travers and L. Dalton

ADAPTING AUSTRALIAN COASTAL REGIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE: A CASE STUDY OF SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

T. F. Smith, D. Low Choy, D. C. Thomsen, S. Serrao-Neumann, F. Crick, M. Sano, R. Richards, B. Harman, S. Baum, S. Myers, V. Sharma, M. Bussey, J. Matthews, A. Roiko and R. W. Carter

FROM COPING TO RESILIENCE: THE ROLE OF MANAGED RETREAT IN HIGHLY DEVELOPED COASTAL REGIONS OF NEW ZEALAND

A. Reisinger, J. Lawrence, G. Hart and R. Chapman

Section E: Climate change and the coastal zone: Small Islands

A TALE OF TWO ATOLL NATIONS: A COMPARISON OF RISK, RESILIENCE AND ADAPTIVE RESPONSE OF KIRIBATI AND THE MALDIVES

C. Elrick-Barr, B. C. Glavovic and R. Kay

PLANNING FOR COASTAL CHANGE IN CARIBBEAN SMALL ISLANDS

G. Cambers and S. Roberts Hodge

Section F: Climate change and the coastal zone: South America

A RISK-BASED AND PARTICIPATORY APPROACH TO ASSESSING CLIMATE VULNERABILITY AND IMPROVING GOVERNANCE IN COASTAL URUGUAY

G. J. Nagy, M. Gómez-Erache and R. C. Kay

THE PROMISE OF COASTAL MANAGEMENT IN BRAZIL IN TIMES OF GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

M. Polette, D. Muehe, M. L. G. Soares and B. C. Glavovic

Section G: Climate change and the coastal zone: Europe

TOWARDS ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT IN COASTAL ZONES:

EXPERIENCE FROM THE EASTERN COASTLINE OF ENGLAND

R. K. Turner and T. Luisetti

ADAPTATION TO CHANGE IN THE NORTH SEA AREA: MARITIME SPATIAL PLANNING AS A NEW PLANNING CHALLENGE IN TIMES OF CLIMATE CHANGE

A. Kannen and B. M. W. Ratter

MAINSTREAMING CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION WITH EXISTING COASTAL MANAGEMENT FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN COASTAL REGION

A. Travers and C. Elrick-Barr

Section H: Climate change and the coastal zone: Africa

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE COASTAL ZONE OF MOZAMBIQUE: SUPPORTING DECISION-MAKING FOR COMMUNITY BASED ADAPTATION

A. Travers, T. C. Ferreira, J. Troni and A. Tall

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE COASTS OF AFRICA: DURBAN CASE STUDY

A. A. Mather and D. C. Roberts

Section I: Conclusion and practical steps for adapting to climate change

TOWARDS REFLEXIVE ADAPTATION AND RESILIENT COASTAL COMMUNITIES

B. C. Glavovic, P. M. Kelly, R.C. Kay and A. Travers

Index

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.

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