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1st Edition

Geospatial Applications for Climate Adaptation Planning

ISBN 9781498755481
Published December 13, 2018 by Routledge
358 Pages 76 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Climate adaptation is a timely yet complex topic that does not fit squarely into any one disciplinary realm.

Geospatial Applications for Climate Adaptation Planning presents an overview of the range of strategies, tools, and techniques that must be used to assess myriad overlapping vulnerabilities and to formulate appropriate climate-relevant solutions at multiple scales and in varying contexts. Organized into four sections, the book includes 15 chapters. Each chapter is grounded in the literature and presents case studies designed by the authors, as well as many examples from a diverse international group of scholars and entities in the public and private sectors. Areas covered include:

  • Climate Change and Climate Adaptation Planning: Context and Concepts
  • Geospatial Technologies: Fundamentals and Terminology
  • GIS and Climate Vulnerability Assessments
  • Technical Approaches to Formulating Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies

Geospatial Applications for Climate Adaptation Planning is aimed at advanced students, researchers, and entities in the public and private sectors. It also provides supplementary reading for courses in planning, public administration, policy studies, and disaster management.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Part 1: Climate Change and Climate Adaptation Planning: Context and Concepts  2. Climate Change: Historical Context and Global Initiatives  3. Climate Adaptation: A Nexus of Science, Policy, and Planning  4. Addressing Climate Change: Initiatives and Coping Strategies from Across the Globe  Part 2: Geospatial Technologies: Fundamentals and Terminology  5. Natural Hazards: Visualization and Basic Mapping  6. Spatial Analysis and GIS Modeling  7. Climate Hazard Assessment and Adaptation Indicators  8. Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Climate Change Assessments  Part 3: GIS and Climate Vulnerability Assessments  9. Mapping and Assessing the Impacts of SLR on Coastal Regions  10. Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructure to Climate Impacts  11. Assessing the Impact of Rising Temperatures and Urban Heat Islands on People and Places  12. Climate Hazards and Impact on Public Health  Part 4: Technical Approaches to Formulating Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies  13. Climate Resilience of Urban Systems and Interdependent Infrastructures  14. Urban Growth Modeling and Decision Support Systems  15. Internet-Based GIS Applications to Facilitate the Adaptation of the Built Environment to Climate Change

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Diana Mitsova is Associate Professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Visual Planning Technology Lab at Florida Atlantic University. Her research focuses on the use of geographic information systems in disaster planning, critical infrastructure protection, coastal resilience, and climate adaptation of urban systems. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, USGS, the National Park Service, The Nature Conservancy, and the Florida Sea Grant. She holds a Master’s of Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University–urdue University, Indianapolis, and a Ph.D. in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati. She is also a recipient of a NATO Democratic Institutions Research Fellowship.

Ann-Margaret Esnard is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Public Management and Policy at Georgia State University. Her expertise encompasses urban planning, disaster planning, and hazard and vulnerability assessment. Esnard has been involved in a number of research initiatives, including NSF-funded projects on the topics of population displacement from catastrophic disasters, school recovery after disasters, long-term recovery, and community resilience. She holds degrees in Agricultural Engineering (B.Sc., University of the West Indies–Trinidad), Agronomy and Soils (M.S., University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez), and Regional Planning (Ph.D., UMASS–Amherst). She also completed a two-year post-doc at UNC–Chapel Hill.


'The authors have provided a remarkably comprehensive discussion of many topics relating to planning for climate change. No matter your background and prior knowledge, you will be rewarded with new insights from this book.' - John Ottensmann, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

'This is an excellent and timely overview of the methods and tools for assessing climate-related vulnerabilities and identifying solutions through the use of GIS. The authors describe traditional GIS functionalities as well as emerging geospatial technologies that have great potential to assist in research and operations and to inform climate adaptation policy. Educators, students, and practitioners will find this book a useful resource, as it presents a balanced combination of theory, methods, and practical GIS examples.' - Olga Wilhelmi, National Center for Atmospheric Research