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Urban adaptation to climate change: Climate services for supporting collaborative planning

Giordano, R; Pilli-Sihvola, K; Pluchinotta, I; Matarrese, R; Perrels, A; (2020) Urban adaptation to climate change: Climate services for supporting collaborative planning. Climate Services , 17 , Article 100100. 10.1016/j.cliser.2019.04.004. Green open access

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Abstract

There is a mounting international interest about how to address the implications of climate change for urban areas. The availability and sharing of “good” knowledge and information is a key prerequisite for a successful planning in cities. Urban planning for adaptation is largely considered as a collective process. This raises the importance of the availability/usability of proper “planner/user friendly” interfaces to interpret and translate the available information into adaptation decisions, and to facilitate the information sharing and collaborative decision making within the interaction network in which the different actors are embedded. Nevertheless, collaborative planning is far from being the standard in urban adaptation. The activities carried out in EU-MACS aimed at detecting and analysing the main barriers hampering the process. To this aim, Problem Structuring Methods and Social Network Analysis were implemented. The evidences collected in an urban case study – i.e. Helsinki – demonstrated that ambiguity in problem understanding and information needs, and missing connections in the mechanisms of interaction among actors-resources-tasks could hamper the effectiveness of collaborative planning and create inefficient flow between information production and decision process. Starting from these premises, and referring to the results of an extensive literature review about existing tools, our research aimed at facilitating the use of climate services to enable the collective decision-making process.

Type: Article
Title: Urban adaptation to climate change: Climate services for supporting collaborative planning
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.cliser.2019.04.004
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cliser.2019.04.004
Language: English
Additional information: © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY-NC-ND/4.0/).
Keywords: Urban planning for adaptation, Collaborative planning, Climate services, Ambiguity analysis, Social Network Analysis
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099509
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