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Limits to Climate Change Adaptation

  • Walter Leal Filho
  • Johanna Nalau
  • Describes research, projects and experiences regarding the limits of climate change adaptation from many countries

  • Documents real-world case studies illustrating how adaptation limits have been reached or may be reached in the near future

  • Presents innovative multi-disciplinary research on climate change adaptation from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe


Part of the Climate Change Management book series (CCM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Johanna Nalau, Walter Leal Filho
    Pages 1-8
  3. Limits to Climate Change Adaptation in Asia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. G. M. Monirul Alam, Khorshed Alam, Shahbaz Mushtaq, Most Nilufa Khatun, Walter Leal Filho
      Pages 11-24
    3. Adish Khezri, Arbind Man Tuladhar, Jaap Zevenbergen
      Pages 41-57
  4. Limits to Climate Change Adaptation in Africa

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Idowu O. Ologeh, Joshua B. Akarakiri, Francis A. Adesina
      Pages 159-174
    3. Geoffrey Sabiiti, Joseph Mwalichi Ininda, Laban Ayieko Ogallo, Jully Ouma, Guleid Artan, Charles Basalirwa et al.
      Pages 175-190
    4. Vincent Itai Tanyanyiwa, Rejoice Madobi
      Pages 191-208
  5. Limits to Climate Change Adaptation in Australia, North-America and Europe

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 209-209
    2. Liese Coulter
      Pages 211-226
    3. Goran Trbic, Davorin Bajic, Vladimir Djurdjevic, Vladan Ducic, Raduska Cupac, Đorđe Markez et al.
      Pages 245-259
  6. Limits to Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261

About this book


This book sheds new light on the limits of adaptation to anthropogenic climate change. The respective chapters demonstrate the variety of and interconnections between factors that together constitute the constraints on adaptation. The book pays special attention to evidence that illustrates how and where such limits have become apparent or are in the process of establishing themselves, and which indicates future trends and contexts that might prove helpful in understanding adaptation limits. In particular, the book provides an overview of the most important challenges and opportunities regarding adaptation limits at different temporal, jurisdictional, and spatial scales, while also highlighting case studies, projects and best practices that show how they may be addressed. The book presents innovative multi-disciplinary research and gathers evidence from various countries, sectors and regions, the goal being to advance our understanding of the limits to adaptation and ways to overcome or modify them.


Climate Change Adaptation Case Studies Natural Hazards Rural Development Coastal Zones Migration

Editors and affiliations

  • Walter Leal Filho
    • 1
  • Johanna Nalau
    • 2
  1. 1.Hamburg University of Applied SciencesHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Griffith Institute for TourismGriffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia

About the editors

Professor Walter Leal Filho (BSc, PhD, DSc, DPhil, DL, DLitt, DEd) is a Senior Professor and Head of the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany and at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has in excess of 250 publications to his credit, among which ground-breaking books such as "Handbook of Climate Change Management" and others. He teaches on information, education, communication on climate change at various European universities. He has over 20 years of research experience and has a particular interest on the connections between climate and human behavior.

Dr. Johanna Nalau is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Griffith Climate Change Response Program (GCCRP) and Griffith Institute for Tourism (GIFT) at Griffith University specializing in climate change adaptation policy- and decision-making processes. Johanna is a social scientist whose research focuses on understanding how policy- and decision-makers deal with some of the central assumptions related to climate change adaptation, and the array of factors and processes that drive and constrain climate change adaptation, including constraints emerging from adaptation science and theory. Other current research includes ecosystem-based adaptation, sustainable tourism, traditional knowledge, and disaster risk management, with a recent focus in the Pacific region. She previously coordinated and led the first climate adaptation project in Zanzibar, Tanzania before joining Griffith in 2009, and has conducted research in Australia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Samoa, and Kiribati.

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