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A local coastal adaptation pathway

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Local governments are not adapting to sea-level rise because it is difficult to build consensus on the need for change and the best way to implement it. In theory, adaptation pathways can resolve this impasse. Adaptation pathways are a sequence of linked strategies that are triggered by a change in environmental conditions, and in which initial decisions can have low regrets and preserve options for future generations. We report on a project that sought to empirically test the relevance and feasibility of a local pathway for adapting to sea-level rise. We find that triggers of change that have social impacts are salient to local people, and developing a local adaptation pathway helps build consensus among diverse constituencies. Our results show that adaptation pathways are feasible at the local scale, offering a low-risk, low-cost way to begin the long process of adaptation to sea-level rise.

UOW Authors


  •   Barnett, Jon (external author)
  •   Graham, Sonia
  •   Mortreux, Colette (external author)
  •   Fincher, Ruth (external author)
  •   Waters, E (external author)
  •   Hurlimann, Anna (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Barnett, J., Graham, S., Mortreux, C., Fincher, R., Waters, E. & Hurlimann, A. (2014). A local coastal adaptation pathway. Nature Climate Change, 4 (12), 1103-1108.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961287768

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1103

End Page


  • 1108

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • 12

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • Local governments are not adapting to sea-level rise because it is difficult to build consensus on the need for change and the best way to implement it. In theory, adaptation pathways can resolve this impasse. Adaptation pathways are a sequence of linked strategies that are triggered by a change in environmental conditions, and in which initial decisions can have low regrets and preserve options for future generations. We report on a project that sought to empirically test the relevance and feasibility of a local pathway for adapting to sea-level rise. We find that triggers of change that have social impacts are salient to local people, and developing a local adaptation pathway helps build consensus among diverse constituencies. Our results show that adaptation pathways are feasible at the local scale, offering a low-risk, low-cost way to begin the long process of adaptation to sea-level rise.

UOW Authors


  •   Barnett, Jon (external author)
  •   Graham, Sonia
  •   Mortreux, Colette (external author)
  •   Fincher, Ruth (external author)
  •   Waters, E (external author)
  •   Hurlimann, Anna (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Barnett, J., Graham, S., Mortreux, C., Fincher, R., Waters, E. & Hurlimann, A. (2014). A local coastal adaptation pathway. Nature Climate Change, 4 (12), 1103-1108.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84961287768

Number Of Pages


  • 5

Start Page


  • 1103

End Page


  • 1108

Volume


  • 4

Issue


  • 12

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom