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Implementing Climate Change Adaptation in Cities and Communities

Integrating Strategies and Educational Approaches

  • Walter Leal Filho
  • Kathryn Adamson
  • Rachel M. Dunk
  • Ulisses M. Azeiteiro
  • Sam Illingworth
  • Fátima Alves


  • Illustrates climate change adaptation strategies and projects implemented at the community, regional and national level

  • Covers topics such as the adaptive capacities of water management organizations and biodiversity conservation

  • Demonstrates how cities and regions are coping with climate change phenomena such as floods and droughts


Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Climate Change Adaptation in Cities and Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Aniko Polo-Akpisso, Kpérkouma Wala, Soulemane Ouattara, Fousseni Foléga, Yao Tano
      Pages 3-21
    3. David Sauchyn, Jorge Julian Velez Upegui, Mariano Masiokas, Olga Ocampo, Leandro Cara, Ricardo Villalba
      Pages 23-38
    4. Leyre Echevarría Icaza, F. D. van der Hoeven, Andy van den Dobbelsteen
      Pages 123-160
    5. Tijana Crncevic, Omiljena Dzelebdzic, Sasa Milijic
      Pages 161-177
    6. Ester Agell, Fina Ambatlle, Gabriel Borràs, Gemma Cantos, Salvador Samitier
      Pages 191-202
  3. Integrating Adaptation Strategies and Educational Approaches

About this book


This book analyzes how climate change adaptation can be implemented at the community, regional and national level. Featuring a variety of case studies, it illustrates strategies, initiatives and projects currently being implemented across the world. In addition to the challenges faced by communities, cities and regions seeking to cope with climate change phenomena like floods, droughts and other extreme events, the respective chapters cover topics such as the adaptive capacities of water management organizations, biodiversity conservation, and indigenous and climate change adaptation strategies. The book will appeal to a broad readership, from scholars to policymakers, interested in developing strategies for effectively addressing the impacts of climate change.


Biodiversity Conservation Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Natural Hazards Water Management Organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  • Kathryn Adamson
    • 2
  • Rachel M. Dunk
    • 3
  • Ulisses M. Azeiteiro
    • 4
  • Sam Illingworth
    • 5
  • Fátima Alves
    • 6
  1. 1.Research and Transfer CenterHamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  2. 2.School of Science & The EnvironmentManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.School of Science & The EnvironmentManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.CFE University of CoimbraUniversidade AbertaPortoPortugal
  5. 5.School of Research, EnterpriseManchester Metropolitan UniversityManchesterUnited Kingdom
  6. 6.Centre for Functional Ecology, CoimbraUniversity of CoimbraPortoPortugal

About the editors

Walter Leal Filho is a Professor at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, where he leads a set of international projects on matters related to sustainable development and climate change.

Kathryn Adamson is a Lecturer in Physical Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Kathryn’s research is focused on long-term climate change in the Mediterranean and Arctic regions. She is a field-based scientist, with expertise in geomorphology, sedimentology, and geochemical analysis. Her research examines the response of glaciers and river systems to changing environmental conditions during the Quaternary (the last 2.6 million years). These long-term records provide important context for our understanding of present and future climate change.

Rachel Dunk is a Lecturer at the School of Science and the Environment at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Her research interests are on carbon accounting methodologies; effective engagement in climate change mitigation and adaptation in the non-traded sector; distributional and equity considerations of climate change policy; terrestrial and marine carbon storage and the biogeochemistry of greenhouse gases.

Ulisses M Azeiteiro is a Professor at the Universidade Aberta and a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Functional Ecology of Coimbra University where he is the Coordinator of the Group History of Science, Scientific Communication and Dissemination. In the area of Sustainability he is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education and he published several books in Sustainability Science.

Sam Illingworth is a lecturer in Science Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He is an expert in Science Communication with a background in atmospheric physics, theatre, and education. As well conducting research into the relationship between sciences and the arts, he also uses his unique skillset to inspire a future generation of scientists to learn how to communicate in an effective and engaging manner. As a lecturer in science communication, his responsibility include researching pedagogic technique and scientific communication practice, and helping to promote science as a fundamental part of our culture and society.

Fátima Alves, Phd in Sociology of Health, is Professor at Social Sciences an Management Department, Universidade Aberta and senior Researcher at CEMRI, UAb and at CEF, Coimbra University. Coordinates the extension of the Centre for Functional Ecology of Coimbra University. 

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