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Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities

Strategies for Engagement, Readiness and Adaptation

Lawrence Susskind, Danya Rumore, Carri Hulet and Patrick Field

Managing Climate Risks in Coastal Communities

Introducing a practical framework for building local capacity to respond to climate change

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9781783084890
September 2015 | 464 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6 | Colour figures
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About This Book

“The timing couldn’t be more pertinent as coastal communities around the globe increasingly experience the consequences of a changing climate. This book hones in on one of the biggest barriers inhibiting towns and cities from investing in actions that build overall climate resilience: collective risk management.” —Anna Brown, Senior Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation

“This eye-opening book from preeminent researchers and practitioners shows how risk assessments and role playing among key local stakeholders can engage and persuade. It offers hope and guidance to policy makers and citizens who want to act before it is too late.” —Judith Innes, Professor Emerita, University of California, Berkeley

“Cutting through the debates that polarize national governments on the issue of climate change, the authors offer keen insights into how local communities might engage the public to wrestle with the inevitable tradeoffs and chart a course toward resiliency.” —David Mathews, President, Kettering Foundation

Drawing on research from the New England Climate Adaptation Project, “Managing Climate Risks for Coastal Communities” introduces a framework for building local capacity to respond to climate change. The authors maintain that local climate adaptation efforts require collective commitments to risk management, but that many communities are not ready to take on the challenge and urgently need enhanced capacity to support climate adaptation planning. To this end, the book offers statistical assessments of one readiness enhancement strategy, using tailored role-play simulations as part of a broader engagement approach. It also introduces methods for forecasting local climate change risks, as well as for evaluating the social and political context in which collective action must take place. With extensive illustration and example engagement materials, this volume is tailored for use by researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

Readership: The book will be of interest to researchers, research centers, policy-makers and practitioners dealing with local-level climate change risk.

Author Information

Lawrence Susskind is Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer of the Consensus Building Institute (CBI).

Danya Rumore is the Associate Director of the Environmental Dispute Resolution Program and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Utah.

Carri Hulet is a Senior Associate with CBI.

Patrick Field is Managing Director of CBI and Associate Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program.

Table of Contents

Figures and Tables; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; PART I. 1. Helping Coastal Communities Prepare for and Respond to Climate Change-Related Risks; 2. Assessing the Social Landscape, Understanding the Readiness Challenge; 3. Why Public Engagement is Necessary to Enhance Local Readiness for Climate Adaptation; 4. NECAP Summary Risk Assessments: Creating Usable Knowledge to Help Communities Manage Climate Change Risks; 5. Enhancing Readiness to Adapt through Role-Play Simulations; 6. Reflecting on the New England Climate Adaptation Project—Lessons Learned; 7. Toward a Theory of Collective Risk Management; Appendix 1. Risk Assessment Projection: Barnstable; Appendix 2. Risk Assessment Projection: Cranston; Appendix 3. Risk Assessment Projection: Dover; Appendix 4. Risk Assessment Projection: Wells; Appendix 5. Workshop Pre-Questionnaires; Appendix 6. Workshop Post-Questionnaires; Appendix 7. Data Appendix: Workshop Survey and Public Poll Tables; PART II. Introduction; Stakeholder Assessment; Summary Risk Assessment; Role-play Simulation; Case Study; Public Poll Report; About the Authors; New England Climate Adaptation Project Partners; Index