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Published by: Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research on May 02, 2007
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T2.42 - fact sheethttp://tyndall.e-collaboration.co.uk/publications/fact_sheets/untitled/t2_...1 of 215/9/05 9:52 am
 
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Identifying who and what can enhance adaptation along UKcoastlines
Coastal populations are vulnerable to many aspects of climate change, particularly sea level rise, increased erosion and theimpacts of extreme weather events. Their vulnerability is also influenced by the impacts of management decisions abouthow to adapt to climate change hazards. It is vital to identify the relevant organisations and individuals, regulations andpolicies to include in the planning process to enhance the adaptive capacity of coastal communities.Dr Katrina Brown, from the University of East Anglia's School of Development Studies, and colleagues are investigatingdifferences in vulnerability between different people and communities along the UK coast, and how these differences affectthe ability to implement sustainable solutions to climate change. They will conduct interviews and focus groups at threecoastal sites in southern England, northwest Scotland and north Norfolk. The researchers will identify which sections of society are most likely to be affected by climate change by assessing their vulnerability and ability to adapt. They will alsoanalyse the influence of different groups on policy development and implementation, to identify who is likely to make keycontributions to developing adaptive capacity. They will integrate information about environmental, economic and socialimpacts of climate change to examine the outcomes of different adaptation options at the three sites. They will thenevaluate the possible adaptation options available for stakeholders identified as vulnerable or influential to analyse the bestways of managing coastal resources to adapt to climate change. The final strand of the research will examine existinginstitutions with responsibility for the coastal zone, to identify the constraints and opportunities for implementingsustainable coastal management policies.The results will provide recommendations for decision-makers at local, regional and national scales. They will link directlywith the findings of a Tyndall project assessing the vulnerability of the UK coastline and will contribute key information tothe Tyndall Centre's Regional Coastal Simulator. The project will also advance theoretical understanding of the linksbetween vulnerability and adaptive capacity.
 A new Tyndall project is working with vulnerable communities and institutions around the UK coastline to recommend sustainable adaptation strategies for local, regional and national decision-makers to cope with future impacts of climatechange.
More informationContact the lead investigator of Project T2.42 (Responding to climate change: inclusive and integrated coastal analysis):Dr Katrina BrownSchool of Development Studies, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UKPhone: +44 (0) 1603 59 3529; Fax: +44 (0) 1603 50 5262Email:k.brown@uea.ac.ukOther researchers involved in this project are:Dr Roger Few and Dr Emma Tompkins, University of East Anglia

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