Category Archive: Water and climate

Going Dutch in flood management?

by Sander Meijerink and Dave Huitema. This winter, the UK has suffered from severe weather conditions, storm surges and river floods. Many were affected and the economic damage is enormous. As in other cases of flooding around the world, Dutch water managers offered assistance, and talk emerged of the ‘Dutch approach’ to flooding as a solution. But …

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Novel Urban Disasters: Insights from the Colorado 100-Year Flood

In September, 2013, the state of Colorado experienced what has been called a “1,000 year flood” that resulted in four deaths and billions of dollars of damage to property and roadways. I was living in Boulder, Colorado at the time, working as a postdoc at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and it was indeed a …

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New website on climate change and climate adaptation in Europe

The European Centre for Climate Adaptation launched a new website  with information on the impacts of climate change and adaptation policies in European countries. The initiators state that “The website aims to help those who are searching for a quick, but well-substantiated summary of the impact of climate change in their country or their field …

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The Mayans rise and fall: Water security and Climate change

Many mysteries surround the Maya-civilization, living from 250 BC to 900 AD. It is seen as the most developed society in Mesoamerica in ancient history. One of the more intriguing question is how the Mayans managed to flourish and how they abruptly came to their fall in 900 AD (Livescience). Amongst the possible causes to its …

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European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013

The European Climate Change Adaptation Conference 2013 is an initiative of a number of major European research projects. This will be the first European conference which covers the broad range of issues related to climate change adaptation and follows international conferences in Australia (Gold Coast, Queensland) in 2010 and in the United States (Tucson, Arizona) …

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IPCC releases special report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Working group I & II’ full report was presented on March 28, 2012. According to the IPCC, evidence suggests that climate change has led to changes in climate extremes such as heat waves, record high temperatures and, in many regions, heavy precipitation in the past half century.

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Tool for climate adaptation policy-making

The European Commission presented “The European Climate Adaptation Platform”, an interactive web-based tool on adaptation to climate change. The European Climate Adaptation Platform is a publicly accessible, web-based platform, designed to support policy-makers at EU, national, regional and local levels in the development of climate change adaptation measures and policies. According to the European Commission adaptation means …

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Mainstreaming climate considerations in European river basins

Despite the fact that mainstreaming of climate change into existing European Uinion sectoral policies is a key aim, empirical knowledge of how it works in practice remains scarce. A just accepted article in Environment and Planning C by Stijn Brouwer, Tim Rayner and Dave Huitema explores to what degree climate considerations are taken into account …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.watergovernance.eu/publications/mainstreaming-climate-considerations-in-european-river-basins/

Paper on adaptive capacity of institutions

Gupta, J., K. Termeer, J. Klostermann, S. Meijerink, M. van den Brink, P. Jong, S. Nooteboom, E. Bergsma (2010); The adaptive capacity wheel: a method to assess the inherent characteristics of institutions to enable the adaptive capacity of society. Environmental Science & Policy 13(6), 459-471 Draft: draft_adaptive_capacity The published article in Environmental Science & Policy can be found here.

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