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Living with Climate Change

How Communities Are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate, 1st Edition

By Jane A. Bullock, George D. Haddow, Kim S. Haddow, Damon P. Coppola

Auerbach Publications

286 pages | 66 B/W Illus.

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The climate has changed and communities across America are living with the consequences: rapid sea level rise, multi-state wildfires, heat waves, and enduring drought. Living with Climate Change: How Communities Are Surviving and Thriving in a Changing Climate details the steps cities are taking now to protect lives and businesses, to reduce their vulnerability, and to adapt and make themselves more resilient.

The authors included in this book have been directly involved in the successful design and implementation of community-based adaptation and resilience programs. In this book, they apply decades of combined experience in hazard risk reduction, climate change adaptation, and environmental protection to provide timely and practical advice on how to plan for and live with a climate that is changing faster and more erratically than predicted.

The book also examines obstacles to local, state, and national action on climate change, includes case studies to illustrate smart, effective policies and practices that have already been put in place, and defines how these actions benefit the economy, the environment, and public health. Living with Climate Change provides much-needed guidance for finding and enacting solutions to immediate and future risks of climate change.


"This book begins by recognizing that adaptation to climate change is unavoidable. Since 1992, more than 6,000 major disasters related to climate, weather, and water have occurred globally, and annual occurrences have doubled since 2004. The authors and 17 other experts review efforts by US communities to deal with hazards like rising sea level, floods, drought and water shortages, fires, earthquakes, and extreme weather events. The book includes detailed practical and theoretical information on US and a few foreign communities that have successfully adapted to hazards." - CHOICE, F. T. Manheim, George Mason University

Table of Contents

Learning to Survive and Thrive in a Changed Climate

Kim S. Haddow


A Stepped-Up Timetable Has Increased the Need for Urgent Action

"Time Is Not on Our Side"

Limiting and Living with Climate Change

Cities Lead the Way

Adaptation Planning Is Picking Up, but Implementation Lags

Challenges Cities Face

How Cities Have Succeeded in Moving from Resilience Planning to Action

Common Elements and Practices Shared by Resilient Communities



Community Risk Implications

Damon P. Coppola


Effect of Climate Change on Community Risk

Influence of Climate Change on Community Hazards

Sea-Level Rise

Changes in Sea Surface Temperature and pH (Acidity)

Increased, Decreased, and Unpredictable Precipitation Levels

Increasing Average Annual Temperatures

Stronger (Yet Less Frequent) Storms

Health-Related Issues

Power Failure



The Stages of Adaptive Planning


Planning and Climate Change: Creating Resilience in US Communities

James Schwab

Climate Adaptation for Emergency Managers

Eric Holdeman


The Role of Local, State, and Federal Governments in Climate Change Adaptation


Recent Actions that Federal, State, and Local Governments Are Engaged in Relative to the Issues Arising from the Impacts of Climate Change

Jane A. Bullock

Federal Government Efforts in Climate Change

Government Strategies for Natural Hazards Management

Brian Cowan

Assessing the Climate Adaptation Resource and Service Landscape

Missy Stults, John R. Nordgren, Sara Meerow, Melisa Ongun, Rachel Jacobson, and Cory Hamilton


The Elements of a Successful Adaptation Plan/Obstacles and Constraints


Climate Adaptation as an Evolutionary Process: A White Paper

Ronald D. Brunner and John R. Nordgren

Missed Opportunities: Evaluating What Works

Ronald D. Brunner



Case Studies in Long-Term Disaster Risk Reduction


A Tulsa Story: Learning to Live in Harmony with Nature

Ann Patton and Crystal Kline

Hazard Mitigation in Berkeley, California: Partnering for Community Action

Arrietta Chakos

Living River: The Napa Valley Flood Management Plan

David Dickson


Case Studies in Climate Change Adaptation


Reducing Vulnerability to Catastrophic Wildfires and Related Flooding in Flagstaff, Arizona

Megan O’Grady, Karen Carney, and Jason M. Vogel

Appendix 7A: Members of the Greater Flagstaff Forest Partnership

Appendix 7B: Flagstaff Case Study

Reducing Vulnerability to Flooding in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Missy Stults and Jason M. Vogel

Reducing Vulnerability to Coastal Flooding in Norfolk, Virginia

Alexis St. Juliana and Jason M. Vogel

The Plan to Rebuild after Hurricane Sandy: A Roadmap for the World

Kim S. Haddow



International Case Studies in Climate Change Adaptation

George D. Haddow


Livelihoods and Climate Change

Australia’s Climate Change Adaptation Good Practice Project

Addressing the Humanitarian Challenges of Climate Change: Regional and National Perspectives—Case Studies

Drawing Up a National Adaptation Policy: Feedback on Five European Case Studies

CARE Reports

Maldives: National Adaptation to Climate Change

Integration of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation



Conclusions and Recommendations

George D. Haddow


Conclusions: What Works

Recommendations: How to Make It Work in Your Community

Local Government

Federal Support for Community-Based Hazard Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation

State Government Support for Community-Based Hazard Risk Mitigation

Business Community Support for Community-Based Hazard Risk Mitigation

Voluntary and Nonprofit Agencies Support for Community-Based Hazard Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation


About the Authors

Jane A. Bullock is a former research scientist and adjunct professor at the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also a principal in Bullock and Haddow LLC, a homeland security and disaster management consulting firm. She worked for 22 years at the United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA where she served as Chief of Staff to FEMA director James Lee Witt. She is a co-author of numerous university-level textbooks, including Introduction to Emergency Managementand Introduction to Homeland Security.

Damon P. Coppola is an emergency management systems engineer and partner at Bullock and Haddow LLC. He provides technical assistance to governments at the federal, state, and local levels, international organizations, foreign governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. He is the author of Introduction to International Emergency Management, and co-author of several professional and academic texts, including Introduction to Emergency Management, Introduction to Homeland Security, and Communicating Emergency Preparedness: Strategies for Creating a Disaster Resistant Public.

George D. Haddow is a principal in Bullock and Haddow LLC. He currently serves on the adjunct faculty in the Homeland Security Studies program and the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the co-author of several university and professional textbooks, including Introduction to Emergency Management, Fifth Edition, Introduction to Homeland Security, Fourth Edition, and Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World, Second Edition. He is the former deputy chief of staff to James Lee Witt during his tenure as director of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). At FEMA, Mr. Haddow was responsible for policy formulation in the areas of disaster response and recovery, public–private partnerships, public information, environmental protection, and disaster mitigation.

Kim S. Haddow is the president of Haddow Communications, in New Orleans—a company specializing in strategic media planning, messaging, and developing research-driven media content, branding, and advertising materials for nonprofits. Clients have included the Rockefeller Family Fund, Sierra Club, Make It Right Foundation, US State Department, Public Campaign, and the Trust for America’s Health. She also worked at Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Burns (GMMB), a Washington, DC-based media consulting firm, advising political campaigns and nonprofits. She began her career at WWL-AM in New Orleans, where she managed the news department.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief