Resilience - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128118917

Resilience

1st Edition

The Science of Adaptation to Climate Change

Editors: Keith Alverson Zinta Zommers
Paperback ISBN: 9780128118917
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st August 2018
Page Count: 360
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Description

Resilience: The Science of Adaptation to Climate Change comprises chapters from leading experts that analyze and question ongoing adaptation interventions from a scientific perspective. In particular the contributions all assess, from different disciplinary and geographical perspectives, how to adapt to climate change impacts such as sea level rise and changing hydrological variability. Topics covered include related extreme events in a range of contexts such as mountains, coastal systems, urban areas and deltas. The book highlights the impacts of climate change as identified by climate change attribution and summarizes current gaps in adaptation action.

Key Features

  • Provides a summary of tools and methods used in adaptation, providing a solid reference for readers working in the field of adaptation or designing adaptation projects
  • Includes chapters from a diverse range of authors from private sector, United ations and academia, offering varying perspectives
  • Presents evaluations of adaptation tools and options, highlighting gaps in knowledge where further research or new tools are needed, which can be applied to improve program designs

Readership

Scientists working in Climate Change adaptation, sustainable development, ecosystem management and development, environmental scientists, environmental managers, urban planners

Table of Contents

PART 1: ADAPTATION NEEDS - EVALUATING THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
1. The state of climate change adaptation in international policy
2. The science of climate change and extreme event attribution
3. Adaptation needs: Gaps and priorities for action

PART 2: ADAPTATION ACTIONS BY HAZARD 
4. Extreme Events 
5. Sea Level Rise 
6. Floods
7. Heat Waves

PART 3: ADAPTATION ACTIONS BY ECOSYSTEM
8. Mountain Ecosystems
9. Polar Regions
10. Dryland Ecosystems
11. Aquatic ecosystems
12. Coasts

PART 4: ADAPTION ACTIONS BY DIFFERENT SECTORS
13. Agriculture and Food Security
14. Health
15. Urban Areas

PART 5: TOOLS AND METHODS FOR RESILIENCE
16. Evaluating Ecosystem Based Adaptation
17. The Role of Early Warning and Early Action
18. Insurance and Risk Transfer 
19. Community-based adaptation
20. Public Private Partnerships
21. Investment in adaptation

PART 4: EMERGING NEEDS: BUILDING RESILIENCE 
12. The Role of Innovation
18. The use of  Challenges or Prizes
20. Loss and Damage and Limits to Adaptation 
19. Validating what works and what doesn’t - the need for evidence

Details

No. of pages:
360
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
Paperback ISBN:
9780128118917

About the Editor

Keith Alverson

Keith Alverson has degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and East Asian Studies from Princeton University (1988) and a doctorate in Physical Oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1995). He has over 150 publications including Past Global Changes and Their Significance for the Future (Elsevier, 2000). Keith is currently Secretary General of the IUGG Union Commission on Climatic and Environmental Change and elected at-large member of the International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences Executive Committee.

Affiliations and Expertise

Freshwater, Land and Climate Branch Coordinator, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, United Nations Environment Program

Zinta Zommers

Zinta Zommers is a Rhodes and Commonwealth Scholar with graduate degrees in Zoology and Development Studies from the University of Oxford. For the past year, she has worked work with the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, developing a global resilience initiative. Prior to this, she managed UNEP’s CLIM-WARN project, which sought to improve communication of hazard warnings to vulnerable communities in Africa. Zinta has authored papers in journals such as Conservation Biology and Proceeding of Royal Society B, and written newspaper articles for the Dallas Morning News and the Globe and Mail. She previously co-edited the book, “Reducing Disaster: Early Warning Systems for Climate Change”. Prior to joining UNEP in 2012 she was a Junior Research Fellow in Environmental Change and Conservation at Oxford University

Affiliations and Expertise

Programme Officer, Chief Scientists Office, Division of Early Warning and Assessment, United Nations Environment Program

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