1st Edition

Spatial Planning and Climate Change

By Elizabeth Wilson, Jake Piper Copyright 2010
    480 Pages
    by Routledge

    480 Pages
    by Routledge

    Spatial planning has a vital role to play in the move to a low carbon energy future and in adapting to climate change. To do this, spatial planning must develop and implement new approaches.

    Elizabeth Wilson and Jake Piper explore a wide range of issues in this comprehensive book on the relationship between our changing climate and spatial planning, and suggest ways of addressing the challenges by taking a longer-sighted approach to our preparation for the future. This text includes:

    • an overview of what we know already about future climate change and its impacts, as we attempt both to adapt to these changes and to reduce the emissions which cause them
    • the role of spatial planning in relation to climate change, offering some theoretical and political explanations for the challenges that planning faces in the coming decades
    • a review of policy and legislation at international, EU and UK levels in regard to climate change, and the support this gives to the planning system
    • case studies detailing what responses the UK and the Netherlands have made so far in light of the evidence
    • ways to help new and existing urban developments to reduce energy use and to adapt to climate change, through strengthening the relationships between urban and rural areas to avoid water shortage, floods or loss of biodiversity.

    The authors take an evidence-based look at this hugely important topic, providing a well-illustrated text for spatial planning professionals, politicians and the interested public, as well as a useful reference for postgraduate planning, geography, urban studies, urban design and environmental studies students.

    Part 1: Introduction  1. Spatial Planning, Climate Change and Sustainable Development 2.  Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Impacts and Opportunities  3. International, European and National Policy Frameworks  Part 2: Perspectives  4. Discourses of Climate Change and Spatial Planning  5. Multi-Scalar Spatial Planning for Climate Change  6. Just Transitions: Horizons, Time-Scales and Equity  7. Environmental Impact Assessment for Climate Change in Spatial Planning  Part 3: Spatial Planning in Practice  8. Strategic Planning for Low-Carbon and Resilient Development Pattern  9. Climate Change and the Built Environment  10. Planning for Water Resources under Climate Change  11. Planning for Climate Change: Flood Risk and Marine and Coastal Areas  12. Planning for Biodiversity under Climate Change  Part 4: Prospects  13. Climate Change Learning, Knowledge and Communication amongst Spatial Planning Communities  14. Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation for Sustainable Development


    Elizabeth Wilson is Reader in Environmental Planning in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. She lectures and researches in the responses of spatial planning, environmental assessment and sustainability policy to climate change. She has recently worked on research studies on adaptation strategies in urban areas, and on the response of European biodiversity policy to climate change.

    Jake Piper is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University. She has research and consultancy experience in economic and environmental assessment across sectors including transport, forestry and water. Recently she has worked on studies of policy development and spatial planning as related to climate change and biodiversity (for the EU), as well as rural development.

    "Wilson and Piper’s book is essential reading for anyone interested in the nexus between spatial planning and climate change." - Australian Planner

    "...the Spatial Planning and Climate Change book is excellent and much needed - it's essential reading on our environmental modules." - Dr. Aidan While, University of Sheffield