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Localizing Climate Change Adaptation: A Framework For Conceptualizing Community Resilience

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Title:Localizing Climate Change Adaptation: A Framework For Conceptualizing Community Resilience
Authors:Watanabe, Marisa
Contributors:Wilcox, Bruce A. (advisor)
Oceanography (department)
Global Environmental Science (department)
climate change
Date Issued:2011
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Place of Publication:Honolulu
Abstract:Expert-driven, top-down frameworks have dominated the climate change adaptation discourse and emphasized technological, economic, infrastructural, and singlesector (e.g. agriculture, water, health) strategies for responding to the impacts of climate change. However, human adaptation to climate change is also considered to be a process rooted in local contexts and involving diverse socio-cultural forms. The objective of this research project was to construct a resilience framework for climate change adaptation at the community level. An inter-disciplinary literature review on social dimensions and conceptualizations of community resilience was conducted. Qualitative perspectives were also gathered through eight interviews of individuals with relevant academic expertise or community voices that represent local, place-based environmental efforts. Findings from the literature review and emergent themes from the interview were checked against one another, then synthesized to build a framework describing community resilience processes. Community resilience was conceptualized as a process rooted in a local value context that draws upon six different types of socially embedded adaptive resources, thereby supporting a community through change.
Pages/Duration:152 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Rights Holder:Watanabe, Marisa
Appears in Collections: Global Environmental Science (GES)

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