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Urban Vulnerability and Climate Change in Africa

A Multidisciplinary Approach

  • Stephan Pauleit
  • Adrien Coly
  • Sandra Fohlmeister
  • Paolo Gasparini
  • Gertrud Jørgensen
  • Sigrun Kabisch
  • Wilbard J. Kombe
  • Sarah Lindley
  • Ingo Simonis
  • Kumelachew Yeshitela
  • Synthesizes results of the European Commission-funded CLUVA (CLimate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa) research project

  • First systematic study of vulnerability of African cities to climate change in an inter- and transdisciplinary approach

  • A novel multi-risk modeling methodology


Part of the Future City book series (FUCI, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Angela Di Ruocco, Paolo Gasparini, Guy Weets
    Pages 1-35
  3. Maurizio Giugni, Ingo Simonis, Edoardo Bucchignani, Paolo Capuano, Francesco De Paola, Francois Engelbrecht et al.
    Pages 37-75
  4. Fatemeh Jalayer, Raffaele De Risi, Alphonce Kyessi, Elinorata Mbuya, Nebyou Yonas
    Pages 77-106
  5. Sarah J. Lindley, Susannah E. Gill, Gina Cavan, Kumelachew Yeshitela, Alemu Nebebe, Tekle Woldegerima et al.
    Pages 107-152
  6. Ben Wisner, Mark Pelling, Adolfo Mascarenhas, Ailsa Holloway, Babacar Ndong, Papa Faye et al.
    Pages 153-196
  7. Sigrun Kabisch, Nathalie Jean-Baptiste, Regina John, Wilbard J. Kombe
    Pages 197-228
  8. Alexander Garcia-Aristizabal, Paolo Gasparini, Guido Uhinga
    Pages 229-258
  9. Andreas Printz, Hany Abo-El-Wafa, Katja Buchta, Stephan Pauleit
    Pages 259-286
  10. Trond Vedeld, Wilbard J. Kombe, Clara Kweka-Msale, Ndèye Marème Ndour, Adrien Coly, Siri Hellevik
    Pages 287-318
  11. Lise Herslund, Dorthe Hedensted Lund, Gertrud Jørgensen, Patience Mguni, Wilbard J. Kombe, Kumelachew Yeshitela
    Pages 319-348
  12. Sandra Fohlmeister, Stephan Pauleit, Adrien Coly, Hamidou Touré, Kumelachew Yeshitela
    Pages 369-399
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 401-404

About this book


The book presents results of CLUVA (CLimate Change and Urban Vulnerability in Africa), a large European Commission funded research project (2010-2013). The project aimed to develop a better understanding of the risks and impacts of climate change related hazards to African cities, assess their vulnerability to these risks, and identify innovative strategies for planning and governance to increase their resilience. For the first time, a systematic and groundbreaking study of this kind was applied in an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach. CLUVA was unique in that it combined: a top-down perspective of climate change modeling with a bottom-up perspective of vulnerability assessment; quantitative approaches from engineering sciences and qualitative approaches of the social sciences; a novel multi-risk modeling methodology; strategic approaches to urban and green infrastructure planning with neighborhood perspectives of adaptation.

The book broadly follows the approach taken in the CLUVA project. First, the combined pressures of urbanisation and climate change on the African continent and the potential impacts these will have on cities are illustrated. Then, the vulnerability of three main elements of the urban system is explored: built structures and infrastructures, urban ecosystems and people. Rich material from five case studies is provided for in-depth discussion of the factors that make these elements vulnerable to climate change, while alternatives for increasing their adaptive capacity are outlined. Another section is dedicated to the role of urban planning and governance for climate change adaptation, which is approached from diverse perspectives. Finally, the different dimensions of the CLUVA project are synthesised to develop an outlook on future coping strategies for urbanisation and climate change in African cities. Leading researchers in the fields of vulnerability and urban planning have been invited to contribute complementary chapters. Thus, the book should be of wide interest to scholars in the field of urban vulnerability and climate change.



Climate Change Multidisciplinary Approach Resilience Urban Planning and Governance Urban Vulnerability in Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephan Pauleit
    • 1
  • Adrien Coly
    • 2
  • Sandra Fohlmeister
    • 3
  • Paolo Gasparini
    • 4
  • Gertrud Jørgensen
    • 5
  • Sigrun Kabisch
    • 6
  • Wilbard J. Kombe
    • 7
  • Sarah Lindley
    • 8
  • Ingo Simonis
    • 9
  • Kumelachew Yeshitela
    • 10
  1. 1.Technical University Munich (TUM)Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and ManagementFreisingGermany
  2. 2.Department of GeographyUniversity of Gaston BergerSaint LouisSenegal
  3. 3.Technical University Munich (TUM)Chair for Strategic Landscape Planning and ManagementFreisingGermany
  4. 4.University of Naples Federico II AMRA S.c.a r.lNaplesItaly
  5. 5.Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource ManagementUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark
  6. 6.Department of Urban and Environmental SociologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZLeipzigGermany
  7. 7.Institute of Human Settlements StudiesArdhi UniversityDar es SalaamTanzania
  8. 8.School of Environment, Education and DevelopmentUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  9. 9.School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer ScienceUniversity of Kwazulu NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  10. 10.Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC)Addis Ababa UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Urban Vulnerability and Climate Change in Africa
  • Book Subtitle A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Editors Stephan Pauleit
    Adrien Coly
    Sandra Fohlmeister
    Paolo Gasparini
    Gertrud Jørgensen
    Sigrun Kabisch
    Wilbard J. Kombe
    Sarah Lindley
    Ingo Simonis
    Kumelachew Yeshitela
  • Series Title Future City
  • Series Abbreviated Title Future City
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-03984-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-03981-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-03982-4
  • Series ISSN 1876-0899
  • Series E-ISSN 1876-0880
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 404
  • Number of Illustrations 16 b/w illustrations, 115 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Applied Ecology
    Climate Change
    Landscape/Regional and Urban Planning
    Cities, Countries, Regions
    Natural Hazards
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