Environmental Science/Climate Change & Mitigation

Ecological Resilience
Response to Climate Change and Natural Disasters

Editor: Kimberly Etingoff

Ecological Resilience

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: April 2016
Hardback Price: $149.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771883108
E-Book ISBN: 9781771883115
Pages: 366 pp with index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: 46 b/w illustrations

This title includes a number of Open Access chapters.

Resilience is a growing and vital concept in a world increasingly faced with the devastating effects of climate change. Cities, rural areas, and entire regions must learn to adapt to natural disasters and long-term socioecological changes caused by a changing climate. This book presents
some of the latest research on resilience strategies around the world. Research such as this is necessary to create new ideas and to evaluate established ones in an effort to make communities more adaptable and to increase people's survival and quality of life while living with the reality of climate change.

Part I of this valuable compendium offers researchers’ definitions of resilience, as well as various ways of measuring it, since resilience is still a concept in transition. Part II describes some general strategies for increasing communities’ resilience at multiple levels. Parts III and IV dive into the specific dimensions of resilience, tying it to both energy infrastructure and systems and public health.

This easily accessible reference volume offers a comprehensive guide to this rapidly growing field. The up-to-date research provides urban planners and city managers with important information that will help guide policies for cities to adapt to natural disasters and other factors caused by a changing climate. This compendium captures and integrates the current work being done in this vitally important field.

Part 1: Defining and Measuring Resilience
1. Understanding Resilient Urban Futures: A Systemic Modelling Approach
Pengjun Zhao, Ralph Chapman, Edward Randal, and Philippa Howden-Chapman
2. Towards Sustainable Cities: Extending Resilience with Insights from Vulnerability and Transition Theory
Leanne Seeliger and Ivan Turok
3. Resilience Attributes of Social-Ecological Systems: Framing Metrics for Management
David A. Kerner and J. Scott Thomas

Part 2: General Resilience Strategies
4. Community Vitality: The Role of Community-Level Resilience Adaptation and Innovation in Sustainable Development
Ann Dale, Chris Ling, and Lenore Newman
5. Cross-Scale and Cross-Level Dynamics: Governance and Capacity for Resilience in a Social-Ecological System in Taiwan
Hsing-Sheng Tai
6. Towards Enhanced Resilience in City Design: A Proposition
Rob Roggema
7. Considering Hazard Estimation Uncertain in Urban Resilience Strategies
B. Barroca, P. Bernardara, S. Girard, and G. Mazo

Part 3: Energy Resilience
8. Resilience, Sustainability and Risk Management: A Focus on Energy
Benjamin McLellan, Qi Zhang, Hooman Farzaneh, N. Agya Utama, and Keiichi N. Ishihara

Part 4: Public Health Resilience
9. Resilience to the Health Risks of Extreme Weather Events in a Changing Climate in the United States
Kristie L. Ebi
10. Building Resilience against Climate Effects: A Novel Framework to Facilitate Climate Readiness in Public Health Agencies
Gino D. Marinucci, George Luber, Christopher K. Uejio, Shubhayu Saha, and Jeremy J. Hess
11. The Los Angeles County Community Disaster Resilience Project: A Community-Level, Public Health Initiative to Build Community Disaster Resilience
David Eisenman, Anita Chandra, Stella Fogleman, Aizita Magana, Astrid Hendricks, Ken Wells, Malcolm Williams, Jennifer Tang, and Alonzo Plough

About the Authors / Editors:
Editor: Kimberly Etingoff
Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Kim Etingoff has a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University. Her recent experience includes researching a report on food resiliency within the city of Boston with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. She worked in partnership with Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and Alternatives for Community and Environment to support a community food-planning process based in a Boston neighborhood, which was oriented toward creating a vehicle for community action around urban food issues, providing extensive background research to ground the resident-led planning process. She has worked in the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, and has also coordinated and developed programs in urban agriculture and nutrition education. In addition, she has many years of experience researching, writing, and editing educational and academic books on environmental and food issues.

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