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Christine Wamsler

Christine Wamsler

Professor, Docent

Christine Wamsler

Planning for climate change in urban areas : from theory to practice

Author

  • Christine Wamsler
  • Ebba Brink
  • Claudia Rivera

Summary, in English

Climate change poses a serious threat to sustainable urban development, placing many cities at risk. As a consequence, city authorities are increasingly facing the challenge of finding ways to include adaptation strategies into their work, although related knowledge and competence is still scarce and fragmented. With the aim to contribute to knowledge development and organizational learning, the objective of this paper is to critically review and compare current theoretical and practical approaches to adaptation planning in cities. In order to do so, first the conceptual characteristics and features of a climate resilient city are identified. Second, the reciprocal linkages between climate-related disasters, urban

form and city planning processes are analysed e by considering the life cycle of disasters from causes, to short- and long-term impacts, to post-disaster response and recovery. Finally, urban adaptation measures proposed for both developed and so-called developing countries are assessed. On the basis of the identified differences, gaps and synergies between the theoretical and practical approaches to adaptation planning, the implications for improving sustainable urban transformation are discussed.

Department/s

  • Division of Fire Safety Engineering
  • LUCSUS (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies)
  • Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety

Publishing year

2013

Language

English

Pages

68-81

Publication/Series

Journal of Cleaner Production

Volume

50

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Building Technologies
  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • Other Civil Engineering

Keywords

  • climate change
  • disaster
  • risk reduction
  • urban planning
  • urban transformation
  • urban resilience
  • adaptation

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0959-6526