Spatial Planning and Climate Change

By Elizabeth Wilson, Jake Piper

Routledge – 2011 – 446 pages

Series: Natural and Built Environment Series

Purchasing Options:

  • Add to CartPaperback: $57.95
    978-0-415-49591-2
    August 16th 2010
  • Add to CartHardback: $180.00
    978-0-415-49590-5
    August 17th 2010

Description

Spatial planning has a vital role to play in the move to a low carbon energy future and in adapting to climate change. To do this, spatial planning must develop and implement new approaches.

Elizabeth Wilson and Jake Piper explore a wide range of issues in this comprehensive book on the relationship between our changing climate and spatial planning, and suggest ways of addressing the challenges by taking a longer-sighted approach to our preparation for the future. This text includes:

  • an overview of what we know already about future climate change and its impacts, as we attempt both to adapt to these changes and to reduce the emissions which cause them
  • the role of spatial planning in relation to climate change, offering some theoretical and political explanations for the challenges that planning faces in the coming decades
  • a review of policy and legislation at international, EU and UK levels in regard to climate change, and the support this gives to the planning system
  • case studies detailing what responses the UK and the Netherlands have made so far in light of the evidence
  • ways to help new and existing urban developments to reduce energy use and to adapt to climate change, through strengthening the relationships between urban and rural areas to avoid water shortage, floods or loss of biodiversity.

The authors take an evidence-based look at this hugely important topic, providing a well-illustrated text for spatial planning professionals, politicians and the interested public, as well as a useful reference for postgraduate planning, geography, urban studies, urban design and environmental studies students.

Reviews

"Wilson and Piper’s book is essential reading for anyone interested in the nexus between spatial planning and climate change." - Australian Planner

"…the Spatial Planning and Climate Change book is excellent and much needed - it's essential reading on our environmental modules." - Dr. Aidan While, University of Sheffield

Contents

Part 1: Introduction 1. Spatial Planning, Climate Change and Sustainable Development 2. Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Impacts and Opportunities 3. International, European and National Policy Frameworks Part 2: Perspectives 4. Discourses of Climate Change and Spatial Planning 5. Multi-Scalar Spatial Planning for Climate Change 6. Just Transitions: Horizons, Time-Scales and Equity 7. Environmental Impact Assessment for Climate Change in Spatial Planning Part 3: Spatial Planning in Practice 8. Strategic Planning for Low-Carbon and Resilient Development Pattern 9. Climate Change and the Built Environment 10. Planning for Water Resources under Climate Change 11. Planning for Climate Change: Flood Risk and Marine and Coastal Areas 12. Planning for Biodiversity under Climate Change Part 4: Prospects 13. Climate Change Learning, Knowledge and Communication amongst Spatial Planning Communities 14. Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation for Sustainable Development

Author Bio

Elizabeth Wilson is Reader in Environmental Planning in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. She lectures and researches in the responses of spatial planning, environmental assessment and sustainability policy to climate change. She has recently worked on research studies on adaptation strategies in urban areas, and on the response of European biodiversity policy to climate change.

Jake Piper is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. She has research and consultancy experience in economic and environmental assessment across sectors including transport, forestry and water. Recently she has worked on studies of policy development and spatial planning as related to climate change and biodiversity (for the EU), as well as rural development.

Welcome!

This companion website provides additional material for students to use with their textbook Spatial Planning and Climate Change by Elizabeth Wilson and Jake Piper. The extra links can be used alongside lectures and set chapter readings, and the flashcards and abbreviation reminders are helpful revision tools around exam time.

Included features:

  • Flashcards, allowing students to test themselves on key terminology
  • Important abbreviations
  • Weblinks on topics covered in the book as well as additional reading – sorted by chapter, topic and region
  • The preface as a taste of what’s inside the book

Information from Series Editor – Professor John Glasson, Oxford Brookes University

As the two authors, Elizabeth Wilson and Jake Piper, state: ‘Climate change as a phenomenon and as an idea represents an extraordinary challenge to us all as societies and as individuals.’ In this very significant contribution to the NBE series, they draw on their considerable knowledge from research, teaching and practice to provide a rich insight into the role of spatial and environmental planning in meeting that challenge. There is a reframing of planning interventions, highlighting longer term horizons, the relationship between new and existing built form and environmental planning. It is a contentious area – and the authors explore reasons for this; it is a very fast moving area – and the text addresses the very latest concepts and practice.

The book is comprehensive and very well illustrated. In its various sections it provides: an introductory overview of what we already know about future climate change; discussion of the role of spatial planning; a review of relevant policy and legislation at international, EU and UK levels; case studies with a particular focus on innovative practice in the UK and the Netherlands; and ways to help urban development to reduce energy use and to adapt to climate change, through strengthening the relationship between urban and rural areas to avoid water shortages, floods or loss of biodiversity. It is an evidence based book, of international relevance to a wide range of students and practitioners.

Spatial planning has a vital role to play in the move to a low carbon energy future and in adapting to climate change. To do this, spatial planning must develop and implement new approaches.

Elizabeth Wilson and Jake Piper explore a wide range of issues in this comprehensive book on the relationship between our changing climate and spatial planning, and suggest ways of addressing the challenges by taking a longer-sighted approach to our preparation for the future.

About the Book

Spatial planning has a vital role to play in the move to a low carbon energy future and in adapting to climate change. To do this, spatial planning must develop and implement new approaches.

Elizabeth Wilson and Jake Piper explore a wide range of issues in this comprehensive book on the relationship between our changing climate and spatial planning, and suggest ways of addressing the challenges by taking a longer-sighted approach to our preparation for the future.

This text includes:

  • an overview of what we know already about future climate change and its impacts, as we attempt both to adapt to these changes and to reduce the emissions which cause them
  • the role of spatial planning in relation to climate change, offering some theoretical and political explanations for the challenges that planning faces in the coming decades
  • a review of policy and legislation at international, EU and UK levels in regard to climate change, and the support this gives to the planning system
  • case studies detailing what responses the UK and the Netherlands have made so far in light of the evidence
  • ways to help new and existing urban developments to reduce energy use and to adapt to climate change, through strengthening the relationships between urban and rural areas to avoid water shortage, floods or loss of biodiversity.

The authors take an evidence-based look at this hugely important topic, providing a well-illustrated text for spatial planning professionals, politicians and the interested public, as well as a useful reference for postgraduate planning, geography, urban studies, urban design and environmental studies students.