Conceptualizing Urban Adaptation to Climate Change- Findings from an Applied Adaptation Assessment Framework

66 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2012 Last revised: 29 Oct 2012

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Katie Johnson

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici

Margaretha Breil

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Date Written: June 5, 2012

Abstract

Urban areas have particular sensitivities to climate change, and therefore adaptation to a warming planet represents a challenging new issue for urban policy makers in both the developed and developing world. Further to climate mitigation strategies implemented in various cities over the past 20 years, more recent efforts of urban management have also included actions taken to adapt to increasing temperatures, sea level and extreme events. Through the examination and comparison of seven cities, this paper identifies the various levels of administrative adaptation planning, the tools and information used in making policy choices, and the roles of governance and finance in urban adaptation to climate change. Lessons learned from these seven cases are presented to better inform the next generation of cities adapting to climate change.

Keywords: cities, urban areas, adaptation, climate change, governance

JEL Classification: Q54, Q58

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Katie and Breil, Margaretha, Conceptualizing Urban Adaptation to Climate Change- Findings from an Applied Adaptation Assessment Framework (June 5, 2012). FEEM Working Paper No. 29.2012, CMCC Research Paper No. 131, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2077476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2077476

Katie Johnson

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici ( email )

Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
Venice, 30124
Italy

Margaretha Breil (Contact Author)

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei ( email )

Campo S. M. Formosa, Castello 5252
Venezia, 30122
Italy
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