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Strategies of  adapta.on  and  of  climate  change  on   urban  areas   Margaretha  Breil,     Centro  Euro-­‐Mediterraneo  sui   cambiamen.   Venice,  IUAV,  July  2013  

Climate Change?  

Source: IPCC  4°  Assessment  Report,  (FAR)  2007  

Basic mechanisms  

Source: IPCC  4°  Assessment  Report,  (FAR)  2007  

Expected temperature  increases    

Source: IPCC  4°  Assessment  Report,  (FAR)  2007  

Impacts –  extreme  events  

Impacts –  heat  waves  

Source: Robine  et.  al  2007  

Impacts -­‐  coastal  flooding  

Impacts -­‐  droughts  

Vulnerability Â

So what? what  can  do what  can  do what  can  do ac.ons   •  Physically  adapt  to  new  boundaries:   – building  design   – seVlements   – physical  infrastructures   – management  of  urban  «asseVs»  (water,  air,  soil,   biodiversity,  energy  flows)  

•  Increase resilience   •  Prepare  for  extreme  events  (mapping,  early  warning,  etc.)   •  Protect  against  losses  (management  schemes,  insurances,   etc.)  

Flexibility and  adap.veness  

Source: Haasnoot  et.  Al.  2013  

Resilience? Not  all  damages  can  be  prevented   Aim:  increase  resilience   Resilience  is  defined  as:     – The  ability  of  a  system  to  absorb  shock  and  carry   on  performing  the  func7on  that  it  was  designed   to  do”  

Uncertainty -­‐  Flexibility   •  Climate  change  impacts  are  s.ll  not  perfectly   known  in  their  extend  (depends  also  on  the   success  of  efforts)   •  Adapta.on  measures  are  costly   •  Climate  change  adapta.on  needs  to  be   considered  as  an  on-­‐going,  cyclic  process  

Climate Change and Recycle  
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