Adapting to Climate Change in Europe: Exploring Sustainable Pathways - From Local Measures to Wider Policies

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Adapting to Climate Change in Europe: Exploring Sustainable Pathways - From Local Measures to Wider Policies is a scientific synthesis of a four-year project on adaptation activities in Europe. It combines scientific assessments with real-world case descriptions to present specific tools and methods. This book aims at ensuring sustainable solutions in adaptation to climate change. The challenge of adaptation is still at an early stage; this book fills relevant gaps in current knowledge on climate adaptation, providing a crucial set of tools to support effective decision-making. It acts as a guide to practitioners and decision-makers along different steps of on-going adaptation processes. Adapting to Climate Change in Europe contains methods and tools for improving stakeholder’s participation and analyzing costs and benefits of different adaptation measures. It is an essential resource for researchers, graduate students, and experts and policymakers working in climate change and adaptation.
  • Features real world case studies providing a tool for comparative learning
  • Fulfills the current knowledge gap in climate change adaptation
  • Includes top-down economic models allowing for a novel application and integration of adaptation features in European and global models
  • Provides in-depth analysis of participation using new empirical material and approaches
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Dr Hans Sanderson received his PhD in Denmark (Roskilde University), did his Post-Doc in Canada (University of Guelph), and now works as a senior scientist at Aarhus University. Prior to this he worked as Director for Environmental Safety for the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) in Washington DC. He has published > 50 peer reviewed papers, some 10 book chapters and dozens of presentations and posters at international meetings including the US National Academy of Sciences. He is a reviewer on >25 international different journals and serve on 6 different editorial boards. He was the chair for the second European Climate Change Adaptation conference (ECCA2015) and he is currently the coordinator of the BASE project on whose outcomes this Book initiative is based.

Prof. Mikael Hildén has a Ph.D. in Resource Management and more than 30 years of experience in environmental management, research, training and consulting in Finland and abroad. He has expertise in combining legal, economic, social, technical and scientific research on environmental policy. He has lead several multidisciplinary research projects in particular on the evaluation and assessment of environmental policies, plans and programmes. He has published more than 65 refereed papers, two monographs and over 100 reports and studies.

Duncan Russel has a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and has over 10 years’ experience of research in the areas of knowledge politics, policy integration and EU and UK environmental policy making. He has lead and/or has had managerial roles on major interdisciplinary projects funded by UK Government, UK research Councils and the EU. He has 25 articles published in leading international peer reviewed environmental science, political science and geography journals.

Dr Gil Penha-Lopes is graduated on Marine Biology and received his PhD in Applied Ecology (Wastewater Wetlands). He is currently running several projects on adaptation to climate change and coordinating a wide national project in Portugal aiming to elaborate Municipal Adaptation Strategies and promote local adaptation (ClimAdaPT.Local: www.climadapt-local.pt). He is invited auxiliary professor at FFCUL and lecturer at the Climate Change and Sustainable Developmental Policies Doctoral Program of Lisbon University. He has published 32 articles in 15 international peer-reviewed journals, and among these ones, 14 as first (corresponding) author.

Dr Alessio Capriolo is a senior researcher in Environmental Economics and has over 18 years’ experience of research in this area. He is currently working at the Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), as Head of the “Economic evaluation and environmental accounting unit. He is graduated with honour at the European Master in Environmental Management at Erasmus Universiteit (Rotterdam) and received his PhD in Theory and quantitative methods for economic development. He has been lecturer in different Universities (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes in Buenos Aires, University of Siena, University of Rome). He has been coordinator in EU-funded projects and he is author of several publications on his working themes.

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Elsevier
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Published on
Mar 12, 2018
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Pages
368
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9780128498750
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English
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Science / Earth Sciences / Meteorology & Climatology
Science / Environmental Science
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This book reports the current state of knowledge on climate change adaptation, and seeks to expose and debate key issues in adaptation research and practice. It is framed around a number of critical areas of adaptation theory and practice, including:

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Users will find methods to evaluate points where time series characteristics change and non-homogeneity in time series. In addition, it covers the subject of climate variability and change in an immense level of detail, including changes on precipitation, streamflow and sea levels.

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As the book describes, a key contribution of the NCA3 approach is a far more deliberate interdisciplinary process, as well as an engagement strategy that brought hundreds of public and private sector stakeholders into the assessment community. Among its most important conceptual contributions was an explicit focus on building the infrastructure to conduct better assessments over time and an experimental approach to analysis of the impacts of climate on cross-sectoral systems and inter-locking and cascading effects across sectors.

Readers may explore innovations such as the development of regional climatologies and projections for every region of the US, as well as the development of the Global Change Information System. The book also highlights the need for decision-makers to be part of the assessment process, in order for assessment findings to be truly useful from a decision-maker's perspective. Many lessons have been learned by the NCA3 authors that can be useful in future assessments and adaptation processes, both within the US and internationally. This book passes on such lessons and includes an evaluation of the role of state climate assessments in ongoing national assessment processes.

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That August, a strange, prolonged heat wave gripped the nation and killed scores of people in New York and Chicago. Odd things seemed to happen everywhere: A plague of crickets engulfed Waco. The Bering Glacier began to shrink. Rain fell on Galveston with greater intensity than anyone could remember. Far away, in Africa, immense thunderstorms blossomed over the city of Dakar, and great currents of wind converged. A wave of atmospheric turbulence slipped from the coast of western Africa. Most such waves faded quickly. This one did not.

In Cuba, America's overconfidence was made all too obvious by the Weather Bureau's obsession with controlling hurricane forecasts, even though Cuba's indigenous weathermen had pioneered hurricane science. As the bureau's forecasters assured the nation that all was calm in the Caribbean, Cuba's own weathermen fretted about ominous signs in the sky. A curious stillness gripped Antigua. Only a few unlucky sea captains discovered that the storm had achieved an intensity no man alive had ever experienced.

In Galveston, reassured by Cline's belief that no hurricane could seriously damage the city, there was celebration. Children played in the rising water. Hundreds of people gathered at the beach to marvel at the fantastically tall waves and gorgeous pink sky, until the surf began ripping the city's beloved beachfront apart. Within the next few hours Galveston would endure a hurricane that to this day remains the nation's deadliest natural disaster. In Galveston alone at least 6,000 people, possibly as many as 10,000, would lose their lives, a number far greater than the combined death toll of the Johnstown Flood and 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.

And Isaac Cline would experience his own unbearable loss.

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