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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 838; doi:10.3390/su9050838

Decision-Making and Building Resilience to Nexus Shocks Locally: Exploring Flooding and Heatwaves in the UK

Faculty of Art and Social Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, UK
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Academic Editor: Gang Liu
Received: 26 March 2017 / Revised: 26 April 2017 / Accepted: 11 May 2017 / Published: 16 May 2017
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Abstract

There has been a policy shift towards localism in the UK driving responses and decision-making processes to respond to the impacts of climate change. This shift capitalizes on local expertise and knowledge, empowering communities to take ownership of response strategies, with an increased focus on building resilience to nexus shocks. This comes at a time when the ability of local authorities to lead responses to nexus shocks is decreasing due to lack of capacity, funding and a statutory requirement to better respond to the impacts of climate change. We examine local resilience to nexus shocks and climate impacts as a complex process of collaboration, communication, adaptation, learning from past events and preparing for future shocks. Drawing on examples of resilience to extreme weather events in the UK, this review paper assesses: (1) local responses to nexus shocks in the UK; (2) how and what evidence is used to inform decision-making in response to nexus shocks; and (3) how stakeholders increase local resilience to nexus shocks when faced with gaps in knowledge. We outline possible ways to extrapolate these insights beyond the UK context. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; nexus shocks; resilience; local decision-making; communication; collaboration climate change; nexus shocks; resilience; local decision-making; communication; collaboration
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Howarth, C.; Brooks, K. Decision-Making and Building Resilience to Nexus Shocks Locally: Exploring Flooding and Heatwaves in the UK. Sustainability 2017, 9, 838.

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