New Spaces for Climate Change

The Societal Construction of Landscapes in Times of a Changing Climate

  • Vera Köpsel

Part of the RaumFragen: Stadt – Region – Landschaft book series (RFSRL)

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About this book


Vera Köpsel investigates the relevance of local perceptions of landscape and nature for the current topic of adaptation to climate change. She highlights the influence that differing conceptualisations of landscape among actors in environmental management have on their perspectives on climate change and adaptation. Qualitative empirical data from Cornwall (UK) constitutes a valuable foundation for an enhanced theoretical understanding of societal constructions of landscape and their implications for local negotiation processes. Using the example of coastal erosion, the author discusses how contrasting perceptions of a local landscape can significantly complicate consensus‐finding around physical‐material adaptation measures. 

  • Climate Adaptation, People-Place Relationships, and Local Actors: Reviewing the Literature
  • The Societal Construction of Landscapes in the Context of Climate Change Adaptation
  • Landscape Narratives in Cornwall and their Implications for Climate Change Adaptation
  • Coastal Erosion at Godrevy – Adaptation in the Context of Local Debates

Target Groups
  • Researchers, academics, and scholars in the fields of human and integrative geography, and (constructivist) landscape research
  • Practitioners and decision‐makers in the fields of landscape planning and (environmental) management 

The Author

Vera Köpsel conducted her PhD at the Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg. She now works as a human geographer focusing on human‐environment interactions, stakeholder dialogue and communication at the university’s Institute of Marine Ecosystem and Fishery Science.


Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Social Constructivism Landscape Research Local Level Societal Values Landscape Management Coastal Erosion Human Geography Subjective Perceptions of Climate Change Landscapes in Times of a Changing Climate

Authors and affiliations

  • Vera Köpsel
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Marine Ecosystem and Fishery ScienceUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany

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