Progress and Challenges in Urban Climate Adaptation Planning

JoAnn Carmin, Nikhil Nadkarni and Christopher Rhie
Created: 7/10/2012 -


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.

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ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability is the leading nonprofit membership association devoted to local governments engaged in sustainability, climate protection, and clean energy initiatives.  In the United States, ICLEI USA is the recognized leader in its field, creating cutting-edge tools and establishing national standards.


Community / Local
National / Federal
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Development (socioeconomic)
Land Use Planning
Transportation / Infrastructure
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Design or reform institutions
Invest in / Enhance emergency services planning and training
Increase / Improve public awareness, education, and outreach efforts
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
Create or modify shoreline management measures
Sociopolitical Setting