Field work, Vung Tau, Vietnam
The Working Group is led by Dr Philipp Schmidt-Thomé. New members should contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The main focus of the Working Group is to improve understanding of the need for, and nature of, adaptation to climate change through dissemination at workshops and lectures and in publications.
Climate change adaptation is an applied research field receiving growing attention. Since the 1990’s the discussion on climate change was dominated mainly on topics related to avoiding or reducing human induced climate change, i.e. climate change mitigation. The field of adaptation seeks to reduce human vulnerabilities to the impacts of a changing climate. Allegedly, regional development is one of the most important decision making tools that can lead to successful and sustainable climate change adaptation measures because it can steer both land use and location of settlements and buildings.
The tasks involving climate change adaptation are manifold, both in scope and time horizon, and they are to be adjusted to local cultural and physical characteristics. This working group does not intend to develop any particular adaptation practices as such. The intention is inform about best practice examples of planned or implemented adaptation measures and to make these available to an interested audience.
Activities and publications
Presentations and dissemination activities were undertaken at:
Schmidt-Thomé, P., Klein, J. 2011. Applying Climate Change Adaptation in Spatial Planning Processes. In: Schernewski, G., Hofstede, J., Neumann, T. (eds): Global Change and Baltic Coastal Zones, Coastal Research Library-Series, Springer, Dordrecht, Vol. 1, pp 177-192.Science for Peace and Security Series. E, Human and societal dynamics 58. Amsterdam: IOS Press, 201-218.
The Working Group contributed to the 3rd International Baltica Conference on Climate Change in Practice in Helsinki, an international conference in Finland as well as to MSc courses in Spain and Luxembourg and an advanced study course in Bangkok.
The working group contributed to a major publication:
Schmidt-Thomé, P and S Greiving [Eds.] 2013 European Climate Vulnerabilities and Adaptation: a spatial planning perspective J Wiley 330pp ISBN-978-0-470-97741-5
The Climate Change Adaptation Working Group held a workshop meeting at Vung Tau and another at Hanoi, Viet Nam.
The group commenced its input to a project on climate change adaptation in Viet Nam (VIETADAPT).
The working group contributed to a major publication;
Schmidt-Thomé, P and Klein, J [Eds.] 2013 Climate Change Adaptation in practice – from strategy development to implementation Wiley-Blackwell 344pp ISBN 978-0-470-97700-2
The Working Group held seminars and workshops on the topic of climate change adaptation for the Thule Institute (Finland) the Universities of Aalto (Finland) and Alicante (Spain) and the Hanoi University of Natural Resources (Vietnam).
The Working Group has secured:
Others events are planned to take place at the Hanoi University of Natural Resources (Vietnam) and probably the University of Helsinki.
Project proposals on climate change adaptation and environmental geology have been submitted to the EU Horizon 2020 Programme and the Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Positive feedback has been received but approval is still awaited.
New research proposals will be submitted to the EU Baltic Sea Region Programme and the Central Baltic Programme for decision during 2015.
At least one publication on climate change adaptation for municipalities in Finland and Russia is foreseen.
Flyer and order form for the publication "Climate Change Adaptation in Practice" by Philipp Schmidt-Thome & Johannes Klein is here.