Cities around the world are increasingly aware of the need to prepare for greater variability in temperature, precipitation and natural disasters expected to take place as a result of global climate change. In recent years, numerous reports and manuals have been written and networks formed to offer guidance and facilitate the exchange of ideas and information. However, since systematic studies have not been conducted, the information and methods being disseminated often are based on the efforts of a limited number of cities and wisdom drawn from experience in other domains. To gain insight into the status of adaptation planning globally, approaches cities around the world are taking, and challenges they are encountering, a survey was sent to communities that are members of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.
The Urban Climate Adaptation Planning report examines a multitude of approaches to adaptation planning in numerous different cities and urban settings. Along with tests of climate risk and vulnerabilities and explaining modern challenges to adaptation planning, the authors include comprehensive charts and graphs to properly display an informational and interesting report.