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Coastal adaptation to climate change: Can the IPCC Technical Guidelines be applied?

Coastal adaptation to climate change: Can the IPCC Technical Guidelines be applied?
Coastal adaptation to climate change: Can the IPCC Technical Guidelines be applied?
This paper evaluates the IPCC Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations with respect to the guidance offered for coastal-adaptation assessment. It appears that the IPCC Technical Guidelines focus strongly on implementation. This paper uses both conceptual and empirical information is used in this paper to show that coastal adaptation embraces more than selecting one of the "technical" options to respond to sea-level rise (retreat, accommodate or protect). Coastal adaptation is a more complex and iterative process with a series of policy cycles. To be effective, an expanded adaptation framework involving four steps is suggested, including (i) information collection and awareness raising; (ii) planning and design; (iii) implementation; and (iv) monitoring and evaluation. The incomplete coverage of these four steps in existing coastal-adaptation assessments constrains the development of adaptation strategies that are supported by the relevant actors and integrated into existing management. Researchers and policy-makers are recommended to work together to establish a framework for adaptation that is integrated within current coastal management processes and practices and takes a broader view on the subject.
1381-2386
239-252
Klein, R.T.J.
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Nicholls, R.J.
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Mimura, Nobuo
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Klein, R.T.J.
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Nicholls, R.J.
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Mimura, Nobuo
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Klein, R.T.J., Nicholls, R.J. and Mimura, Nobuo (1999) Coastal adaptation to climate change: Can the IPCC Technical Guidelines be applied? Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 4 (3-4), 239-252. (doi:10.1023/A:1009681207419).

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This paper evaluates the IPCC Technical Guidelines for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations with respect to the guidance offered for coastal-adaptation assessment. It appears that the IPCC Technical Guidelines focus strongly on implementation. This paper uses both conceptual and empirical information is used in this paper to show that coastal adaptation embraces more than selecting one of the "technical" options to respond to sea-level rise (retreat, accommodate or protect). Coastal adaptation is a more complex and iterative process with a series of policy cycles. To be effective, an expanded adaptation framework involving four steps is suggested, including (i) information collection and awareness raising; (ii) planning and design; (iii) implementation; and (iv) monitoring and evaluation. The incomplete coverage of these four steps in existing coastal-adaptation assessments constrains the development of adaptation strategies that are supported by the relevant actors and integrated into existing management. Researchers and policy-makers are recommended to work together to establish a framework for adaptation that is integrated within current coastal management processes and practices and takes a broader view on the subject.

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Published date: 1999
Organisations: Energy & Climate Change Group

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Local EPrints ID: 350853
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/350853
ISSN: 1381-2386
PURE UUID: ee508034-da47-4bd8-84d3-3fa504e7429d
ORCID for R.J. Nicholls: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9715-1109

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