It is now widely accepted that adaptation will be necessary if we are to manage the risks posed by climate change. What we know about adaptation, however, is limited. While there is a well established body of scholarship proposing assessment approaches and explaining concepts, few studies have examined if and how adaptation is taking place at a national or regional level. This deficit in understanding is particularly pronounced in developed nations which have typically been assumed to have a low vulnerability to climate change. Yet as recent research highlights, this assumption is misplaced: developed nations are experiencing the most pronounced changes in climatic conditions globally and have significant pockets of vulnerability as Hurricane Katrina and the European heatwave demonstrate.
Chapters in this book profile cases from different sectors and regions in developed nations where specific adaptation measures have been identified, implemented, and evaluated: the focus is 'from theory to practice.' The book is organized around seven sections: Section I: Introduction and overview; Section II: Climate change adaptation in the public health sector; Section III: Climate change adaptation in the industrial sector; Section IV: Climate change adaptation in the urban environment; Section V: Climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector; Section VI: Climate change adaptation in rural and resource dependent communities; and Section VII: Future directions. The contributions provide practical advice and guidance that can help guide adaptation planning in multiple contexts, identifying transferable lessons.
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