Coastal communities – from small towns to major metropolis -- face increasing management and fiscal challenges. Innovations in collaborative research action are needed to transform governance and community engagement practices to better mobilize our communities.
The international METROPOLE research project funded by the Belmont Forum brought together social, economic, environmental scientists and municipal practitioners and officials to assess the socio-economic and cultural factors which create potential barriers to adaptation, and influence adaptive capacity among local and regional institutions in three areas in Brazil, the UK and the US.
Working with local decision makers, technical staff and stakeholder leaders in three study areas encompassing six cities, Metropole researchers evaluated the vulnerability to sea level rise and flooding with COAST and develop cost assessments of risk over time and developed costs-benefits analysis for chosen adaptation actions.
The process observations and survey results are producing new insights relevant for local administrators, engineers and others involved in land-use planning. New perspectives on the links between values, type of infrastructure improvement and acceptability of public finance mechanisms will improve community support for large scale capital improvement projects.
Climate Change in Santos Brazil: Projections, Impacts and Adaptation Options, 2018, Editors: Lucí Hidalgo Nunes, Roberto Greco, José A. Marengo, Springer ISBN 978-3-319-96534-5 ISBN 978-3-319-96535-2 (eBook) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96535-2
Samuel Merrill, Jack Kartez, Karen Langbehn, Frank Muller-Karger, Catherine J. Reynolds, 2018. " Who Should Pay for Climate Adaptation? Public Attitudes and the Financing of Flood Protection in Florida ," Environmental Values , White Horse Press, vol. 27(5), pgs 535-557, October. ISSN 09632719.
An Integrated Framework to Analyze Local Decision Making and Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in Coastal Regions in Selsey (UK), Broward County (USA), and Santos (Brazil). American Journal of Climate Change, 2017.
Size does matter: city scale and the asymmetries of climate change adaptation in three coastal towns , Geoforum Journal, January 2017.
Climate Adaptation Finance Mechanisms: New Frontiers For Familiar Tools , Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics.
"Understanding Community Values to Support Resiliency Improvements," Reynolds, C.J., Keynote Address, Florida League of Cities Annual Research Symposium, Dec. 2017, Orlando, FL
American Planning Association -- Florida Chapter, Annual Conference session Sept. 7, 8:30-9:45, 2017 "Working with Social Factors and Values to Support Adaptation Planning and Public Finance"