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Adapting Infrastructure to Climate Change

Advancing Decision-Making Under Conditions of Uncertainty

By Todd Schenk

© 2017 – Routledge

254 pages | 22 B/W Illus.

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Many of the challenges that decision-makers grapple with in relation to climate change are governance related. Planning and decision-making is evolving in ambiguous institutional environments, in which many key issues remain unresolved, including relationships between different actors; funding arrangements; and the sources and procedures for vetting data. These issues are particularly acute at this juncture, as climate adaptation moves from broad planning processes to the management of infrastructure systems. Concrete decisions must be made.

Adapting Infrastructure to Climate Change draws on case studies of three coastal cities situated within very different governance regimes: neo-corporatist Rotterdam, neo-pluralist Boston and semi-authoritarian Singapore. The book examines how infrastructure managers and other stakeholders grappling with complex and uncertain climate risks are likely to make project-level decisions in practice, and how more effective decision-making can be supported. The differences across governance regimes are currently unaccounted for in adaptation planning, but are crucial as best practices are devised. These lessons are also applicable to infrastructure planning and decision-making in other contexts.

This book will be of great interest to scholars of climate change and environmental policy and governance, particularly in the context of infrastructure management.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Adapting infrastructure to climate change
  2. Learning across contrasting governance regimes
  3. Rotterdam: A neo-corporatist approach to adaptation
  4. Singapore: Adapting a strong city-state
  5. Boston: Many hands on deck in the neo-pluralist U.S.
  6. Role-play simulation exercises for social learning and collaborative problem solving
  7. Uncertain decision-making: The use of multiple scenarios
  8. Moving forward: Flexible and collaborative governance

About the Author

Todd Schenk is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program of the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Climate Change Research

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy