The Regions and Global Warming: Impacts and Response Strategies

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorJurgen Schmandt, Judith Clarkson

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This book stems from a major international essay competition on regional responses to global climate change. First prize in the competition was awarded to Daniel Botkin, author of Discordant Harmonies (Oxford, 1989). The essays selected for this book cover developed and underdevelopedcountries alike, and provide valuable background information for policy makers, businesses, and the industries most likely to be affected by global warming. The book is divided into three parts. Contributions in the first part focus on the concept of a regional approach to climate change and themethods best suited to studying its impacts. The second section illustrates the variety of impacts that regions will experience as a result of climate change; the third describes policies designed to deal with climate change. Written by some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field, thesewritings will interest all policymakers and research analysts involved in the ongoing debate on global warming.

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Concern about global climate change and the greenhouse effect is widespread. Responses have included initiatives at all levels, ranging from scientific studies to international political agreements. However, while a great deal of literature has emerged on the causes of global warming and ways to reduce greenhouse emissions, less attent...

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This book stems from a major international essay competition on regional responses to global climate change. First prize in the competition was awarded to Daniel Botkin, author of Discordant Harmonies (Oxford, 1989). The essays selected for this book cover developed and underdevelopedcountries alike, and provide valuable background i...

Jurgen Schmandt is at University of Texas, Austin. Judith Clarkson is at Houston Advanced Research Center.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.84 × 6.89 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Global Warming as a Regional IssuePART I: Identifying Regional Impacts of and Vulnerabilities to Climate Change2. S. Leatherman: Coastal Land Loss in the Chesapeake Bay Region: An Historical Analog Approach to Global Change Analysis3. F.U. Mahtab: The Delta Regions and Global Warming: Impact and Response Strategies4. D. Liverman: The Regional Impact of Global Warming in Mexico: Uncertainty, Vulnerabiltiy and Response5. S. Ogbuagu: Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Human Settlement Patterns in the West and Central African (WACAF) Region: Response Strategies6. R.K. Pachauri: Global Warming: Impacts and Implications for South AsiaPART II: Analyzing the Regional Impacts of Climate Change7. M. Glantz: Assessing Physical and Societal Responses to Global Warming8. K.Y. Vinnikov: The Problem of Soil Moisture with Global Warming9. N. Rosenberg, et al.: Methodology for Assessing Regional Economic Impacts of and Responses to Climate Change--The MINK Study10. D. Botkin: Global Warming and Forests of the Great Lakes States: An Example of the Use of Quantitative Projections in Policy Analysis11. S. Panturat: The Impact of Climate Change on Rice Variety Selection in Thailand12. R. Ayers: Assessing Regional Damage Costs from Global WarmingPART III: Developing Regional Policies for Climate Change13. N.S. Jodha: Understanding and Responding to Global Climate Change in Fragile Resource Zones14. J. Goldemberg: Global Climate Change: The Role of Developing Countries15. A. Magalhaes: Understanding the Implications of Global Warming in Developing Regions: The Case of Northeast Brazil16. I. Burton: Regions of Resilience: An Essay on Global Warming17. W. Moomaw: Regional Boundaries and Global Climate Change: Northeast North America18. V. Saha: Climate Change--Need for National Awareness and Commitment Among Small Regional Communities: The Case of the S.W. Indian Ocean Islands19. F. Toth: Policy Responses to Climate Change in Southeast Asia

From Our Editors

Concern about global climate change and the greenhouse effect is widespread. Responses have included initiatives at all levels, ranging from scientific studies to international political agreements. However, while a great deal of literature has emerged on the causes of global warming and ways to reduce greenhouse emissions, less attention has been devoted to regional impacts of and policy responses to the anticipated climate trends. This volume focuses on these specific regional responses, summarizing what is currently known about ways of studying local climate changes and the consequent policy options that are appropriate for different regions of the world. The book places a special emphasis on developing countries, which face the added risks caused by poverty and population growth. Among the topics covered are the loss of coastal land in the Chesapeake Bay region, the reshaping of settlement patterns in West and Central Africa, how climate change may affect rice growing in Thailand, how northeast Brazil offers a valuable case study by looking at climate change i

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"Its strength is that the essays represent a wide diversity of methods, approaches, and thinking, which all attempt to analyze the response to climate change in current regional management and planning situations....An important contribution to the social science of climate change and itclearly demonstrates that there is further room for exciting analytical work that integrates the biological, physical, and human aspects of global warming." --Environment and Planning A, UK