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Climate Adaptation Santiago

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  • © 2014


  • Offers integrative conceptual approach for addressing the whole chain of climate changes, expected impacts and vulnerabilities
  • Presents results from a learning process with scientists and decision-makers from six large agglomerations in the Latin American region
  • Specific focus on Latin America
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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Challenges for Urban Climate Change Adaptation

  2. Climate Change Impacts on the Urban-Regional Level of Santiago de Chile

  3. Climate Change Impacts on the Urban-Regional Level of Santiago de Chile: Key Sectors and Vulnerabilities

  4. Adaptation Strategy: Developing Measures and Implementation


About this book

This book addresses the complexity of urbanization, impacts of climate change and climate change adaptation for the metropolitan region of Santiago de Chile, with a special focus on the most pressing issues of natural hazards, water and energy supply. The book exemplifies a conceptual approach for the development of adaptation measures, their evaluation and implementation in a decision support framework at the science-policy interface. It builds on scientific analyses of social and natural scientists, a participatory process with local authorities and a mutual learning network between large agglomerations in Latin America. The book is written for scholars of urban management, climate change, planning, governance and hazard research, as well as practitioners in local, regional and international organizations concerned with climate change, climate change impacts, and adaptation in metropolitan regions. While the regional focus is on Latin America the concepts and lessons learned are applicable and relevant to megacities around the world.​

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

    Kerstin Krellenberg

  • Department of Economics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

    Bernd Hansjürgens

About the editors

Kerstin Krellenberg is senior researcher and project coordinator at the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig (Germany). She received a PhD in Physical Geography in 2007 at the Humboldt-University of Berlin (Germany). Her research interests cover urban climate change adaptation, participatory processes, risks and vulnerabilities, with a special focus on (mega) cities.

Bernd Hansjürgens is Professor of Economics, especially Environmental Economics, at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) and head of the Department of Economics at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig (Germany). He received his PhD in economics in 1991 and his Habilitation in 1998 at the University of Marburg. From 1995 to 1996 he was research fellow at the Centre for Study of Public Choice in Fairfax/VA (U.S.) and from 1998 to 1999 at the Centre for interdisciplinary research at the University of Bielefeld (Germany). His research interests cover environmental economics and public finance, with a special focus in instrument choice in environmental policy. He has published more than 20 books and 150 papers.

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