A method for building community resilience to climate change in emerging coastal cities

Smith, Timothy F., Daffara, Phillip, O'Toole, Kevin, Matthews, Julie, Thomsen, Dana C., Inayatullah, Sohail, Fien, John and Graymore, Michelle 2011, A method for building community resilience to climate change in emerging coastal cities, Futures, vol. 43, no. 7, pp. 673-679, doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2011.05.008.

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Title A method for building community resilience to climate change in emerging coastal cities
Author(s) Smith, Timothy F.
Daffara, Phillip
O'Toole, KevinORCID iD for O'Toole, Kevin orcid.org/0000-0002-1740-8892
Matthews, Julie
Thomsen, Dana C.
Inayatullah, Sohail
Fien, John
Graymore, Michelle
Journal name Futures
Volume number 43
Issue number 7
Start page 673
End page 679
Total pages 7
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0016-3287
Keyword(s) Infrastructure
Coastal growth
Community resilience
Social Sciences
Planning & Development
Business & Economics
Public Administration
Summary Rapidly urbanising coastal locations represent prototypes of future cities. While these "sea change" locations will face a range of issues associated with rapid growth such as infrastructure provision and enhancement of social capital, anticipated environmental impacts are likely to add significant challenges. Climate change is likely to have dramatic impacts on sea change communities through diminished potable water supplies, rising sea levels, storm surges, and increased intensity of flood events - with indirect impacts on health, financial sectors, and biodiversity. Given the inherent diversity within sea change communities with regard to age, culture, and socio-economic status there are likely to be differences in ways of adapting, the ability to adapt, and the desired direction of any changes. Cognizant of the potential enormity of climate change impacts, the need for rapid responses, and the diversity within communities, this paper proposes a participatory and transformative method to work with communities in responding to climate change and variability within rapidly urbanising coastal locations. The method focuses on determining probable futures for various communities of place and interest within sea change areas and aims to build the capacity for dynamic on-going learning to achieve those futures, both within and between the communities. Through this process community members may be empowered with dynamic and future-orientated learning skills that build upon community knowledge, innovation, and resilience.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.futures.2011.05.008
Field of Research 160507 Environment Policy
160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning)
MD Multidisciplinary
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078841

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