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Climate Change Adaptation in North America

Fostering Resilience and the Regional Capacity to Adapt

  • Walter Leal Filho
  • Jesse M. Keenan
  • Covers climate issues in North America

  • Congregates inputs from academics and practitioners

  • Integrates policy-making, examples from projects and good practice


Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Climate Adaptation Management in Rural and Urban Areas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Valentina Giannini, Emiliano Ramieri, Margarita Caso Chávez, Karina Santos del Prado Gasca, Karla Priego Martínez
      Pages 27-49
    3. Nicole Klenk, Dragos Flueraru, James Ian MacLellan
      Pages 51-66
    4. Omer Chouinard, Steve Plante, Sebastian Weissenberger, Mélinda Noblet, Julie Guillemot
      Pages 67-87
  3. Climate Change and the Built Environment

  4. Conflicts and Synergies: Adaptation, Resilience and Multi-hazard Mitigation

  5. Information, Communication, Education and Training on Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239

About this book


This edited book responds to the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects North America and for the identification of processes, methods and tools which may help countries and communities to develop an adaptive capacity. It showcases successful examples of how to manage the social, economic and political complexities posed by climate change, so that lessons can be learned and best practices may be disseminated. A focus is on “fostering resilience and the regional capacity to adapt,” meaning that experiences from research, field projects and best practices in climate change adaptation and resilience among countries in the region are presented which may help advance the integration of climate science into socio-economic policies in the public and private sectors.


Climate Change Policies Regional Governance Sustainable Development Coastal Infrastructure Resilience Risk Management

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  • Jesse M. Keenan
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Life SciencesHamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Graduate School of DesignHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

About the editors

Professor Walter Leal (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DL, DLitt, DEd) is a Senior Professor and Head of the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has in excess of 250 publications to his credit, among which ground-breaking books such as "Handbook of Climate Change Management" and others. He teaches on information, education, communication on climate change at various European universities. He has over 20 years of research experience and has a particular interest on the connections between climate and human behavior.

Professor Jesse M. Keenan (A.B., M.Sc., Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., A.M., ASCE) is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he teaches courses and conducts research in resilience and adaptation science. Keenan has served as Vice-Chair of the U.S. Community Resilience Panel for Building and Infrastructure Systems under two White House administrations and as Editor of the Built Environment at Keenan has conducted climate adaptation research with various cities around the globe including Amsterdam, Boston, Miami, New York City (NYC), Rotterdam, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Stockholm and Tokyo. Keenan's many publications include, "Blue Dunes: Climate Change By Design."

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