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Adapting to Changing Climate: Exploring the Role of the Neighborhood

  • Herman A. KarlEmail author
  • Lynn Scarlett
  • Paul Kirshen
  • Rebecca Dell
  • Hauwa Ibrahim
  • Laura Kuhl
  • Trannon Mosher
  • Bridget Navarro
  • Megan Rising
  • Nathan Towery
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Abstract

Climate change adaptation is local and place-based. Local places are often heterogeneous with respect to a number of elements that include geography, infrastructure, culture, economics, politics, and ethnicity. Neighborhoods in large cities and metropolitan complexes reflect this diversity. Thus, it seems to us that climate change adaptation planning should take into account the peculiarities, vulnerabilities, and assets for building resilience of each neighborhood. We suggest that neighborhood climate change adaptation plans should be developed through a consensus seeking, participatory process in collaboration with and guided by a comprehensive city-wide planning process. We examine the city of Boston, Massachusetts in this light.

Keywords

Climate change adaptation Place-based Neighborhood Community development Urban planning Climate change mitigation Resilience Vulnerability Adaptive management Land use Environmental justice Boston MA 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Herman A. Karl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lynn Scarlett
    • 2
  • Paul Kirshen
    • 3
  • Rebecca Dell
    • 4
  • Hauwa Ibrahim
    • 5
  • Laura Kuhl
    • 6
  • Trannon Mosher
    • 4
  • Bridget Navarro
    • 4
  • Megan Rising
    • 6
  • Nathan Towery
    • 4
  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Resources for the FutureWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.BattelleLexingtonUSA
  4. 4.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  5. 5.Harvard Divinity SchoolCambridgeUSA
  6. 6.Tufts UniversityMedfordUSA

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