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De-veloped / veloping; Embracing the Rising Tide

Part 2 Dissertation 2022
Catherine Campbell
University of Strathclyde | UK
Sea-levels are rising, fundamentally challenging human survival. Designing with the environment requires a fundamental shift towards an adaptive capacity that demonstrates increased resilience and decreased vulnerability. Current measurements of a country’s adaptive capacity are presented at national scale, focussing on all climate change impacts, but tending to overlook smaller scale competencies at a project scale. Although countries around the world face similar problems, their approaches to tackling sea-level rises, and the implementation of community mitigation measures, differ. This research recognises the need for adaptive capacity measures that focus on sea-level rise solutions while inclusively representing a variety of positive responses in both developed and developing countries.

This dissertation presents a framework for ‘Adaptive Capacity Enablers for Sea-Level Rise Solutions’ as a method of assessing and enabling adaptive capacity by analysing case studies, identifying key lessons, and integrating successful strategies from developed and developing countries. The work supports a call for reciprocal knowledge exchange, recognising variability in the ability and willingness of communities to adapt and in their access to high and low-tech solutions. The argument is that sharing information between developed and developing countries will improve future project-scale strategies, strengthen community resilience, reduce vulnerability, and enhance our collective adaptive capacity.

Catherine Campbell

David Grierson
Mr Duncan Scott
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