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Exploring the Role of Outdoor Recreation to Contribute to Urban Climate Resilience

Faculty of Education, Kristianstad University, SE-291 88 Kristianstad, Sweden
Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6268; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226268
Received: 13 October 2019 / Revised: 5 November 2019 / Accepted: 6 November 2019 / Published: 8 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainability of Culture and Heritage)
Climate resilience is an important mix of climate mitigation and climate adaptation designed to minimize current and future disruption while promoting opportunity. Given the importance of the regional and local arena for consideration of impacts of climate change trends and needs for climate action, climate resilience in one community, Duluth, Minnesota, is considered. At the core of this project is the climate resilience question: what can we currently be doing in our communities to prepare for projected climate change while simultaneously improving life for current residents and visitors? Given the growing importance of outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism in Duluth, the role this sector may be able to play in climate resilience is considered. Using action research methodology, the research process of adjusting, presenting, and conducting follow-up from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Adaptation for Coastal Communities workshop is presented. The study takes a unique look at one workshop outcome, a Duluth Parks and Recreation planning tool. Specifically, a resilience checklist is presented as a useful sample outcome of the overall process. Beyond the study community, the role of outdoor recreation to serve climate resilience is explored and affirmed. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate adaptation; climate resilience; multifunctional green infrastructure; nature-based tourism; outdoor recreation; sustainability climate adaptation; climate resilience; multifunctional green infrastructure; nature-based tourism; outdoor recreation; sustainability
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Beery, T. Exploring the Role of Outdoor Recreation to Contribute to Urban Climate Resilience. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6268.

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