Impact assessments and policy responses to sea-level rise in three US states: An exploration of human-dimension uncertainties

Impact assessments and policy responses to sea-level rise in three US states: An exploration of... Uncertainties in the human dimensions of global change deeply affect the assessment and responses to climate change impacts such as sea-level rise (SLR). This paper explores the uncertainties in the assessment process and in state-level policy and management responses of three US states to SLR. The findings reveal important political, economic, managerial, and social factors that enable or constrain SLR responses; question disasters as policy windows; and uncover new policy opportunities in the history of state coastal policies. Results suggest that a more realistic, and maybe more useful picture of climate change impacts will emerge if assessments take more seriously the locally embedded realities and constraints that affect individual decision-makers’ and communal responses to climate change. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Environmental Change Elsevier

Impact assessments and policy responses to sea-level rise in three US states: An exploration of human-dimension uncertainties

Global Environmental Change, Volume 15 (4) – Dec 1, 2005

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Ltd
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0959-3780
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10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2005.08.002
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Abstract

Uncertainties in the human dimensions of global change deeply affect the assessment and responses to climate change impacts such as sea-level rise (SLR). This paper explores the uncertainties in the assessment process and in state-level policy and management responses of three US states to SLR. The findings reveal important political, economic, managerial, and social factors that enable or constrain SLR responses; question disasters as policy windows; and uncover new policy opportunities in the history of state coastal policies. Results suggest that a more realistic, and maybe more useful picture of climate change impacts will emerge if assessments take more seriously the locally embedded realities and constraints that affect individual decision-makers’ and communal responses to climate change.

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Global Environmental ChangeElsevier

Published: Dec 1, 2005

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