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Sustainability 2018, 10(5), 1399; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051399

Enhancing the Practical Utility of Risk Assessments in Climate Change Adaptation

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Department of Planning and Environmental Management, The University of Manchester, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Received: 26 March 2018 / Revised: 21 April 2018 / Accepted: 22 April 2018 / Published: 2 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Resilient Urban Development)
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In 2012, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) moved from a vulnerability to a risk-based conception of climate change adaptation. However, there are few examples of work that translates this approach into climate change adaptation practice, in order to demonstrate the practical utility of following a risk-based approach to adapting to climate change. The paper explores critically the differing conceptions of vulnerability and risk across the literature relating to disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. The paper also examines a selection of spatially focused climate change vulnerability and risk assessment methodologies in this context. In doing so, we identify issues with the availability of spatial data to enable spatial risk-based climate change assessments. We argue that the concept of risk is potentially favorable in helping cities to understand the challenges posed by climate change, identify adaptation options, and build resilience to the changing climate. However, we suggest that change is needed in the way that practitioners and policymakers engage with risk-based concepts if they are to be embed into climate change adaptation activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change adaptation; climate resilience; climate risk; spatial planning; climate change risk assessment; climate change vulnerability assessment climate change adaptation; climate resilience; climate risk; spatial planning; climate change risk assessment; climate change vulnerability assessment
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Connelly, A.; Carter, J.; Handley, J.; Hincks, S. Enhancing the Practical Utility of Risk Assessments in Climate Change Adaptation. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1399.

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