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Unpublished Paper
Local Actions, National Frameworks: A Dual-Scale Comparison of Climate Adaptation Planning on Two Continents
(2011)
  • Elisabeth M. Hamin, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • Nicole Gurran, University of Sydney
Abstract

This study explores emerging approaches to local climate change adaptation planning in the United States and Australia, and seeks to explain why some local authorities have begun to take action despite weak national and state level directives. We compare strategic documents from 13 local authorities across the two nations, representing the “first generation” of adaptation plans. Our focus is on potential explanations for early engagement in adaptation planning – size, location and risk level of the municipality, the existence of national or state mandates and access to supra local resources or support. We also explore the nature and type of adaptation-planning practice emerging and its relationship to climate change mitigation efforts.

Keywords
  • land use,
  • climate change,
  • climate adaptation,
  • australia,
  • policy
Publication Date
2011
Citation Information
Elisabeth M. Hamin and Nicole Gurran. "Local Actions, National Frameworks: A Dual-Scale Comparison of Climate Adaptation Planning on Two Continents" (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/elisabeth_hamin/17/