SC 1.7 Devising solutions to adaptation

 Thursday 12 May, 11.00 – 12.45, Goudriaan I

Being home to half of humanity and concentrating most of the global economic activities and assets, cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Efforts to adapt to those impacts, however, face a combination of spatial, institutional, economic and social challenges calling for innovative solutions spanning across sectoral and disciplinary boundaries. This session will explore the causes of and the potential solutions for overcoming these challenges from a range of perspectives: from flood risk management, economic modelling, vulnerability mapping, to spatial planning, and stakeholder engagement. Drawing comparisons between cases from across the world, this science-to-practice session will engage the audience in a dialogue on how scientific research can effectively support and inform urban adaptation strategies.

Organised by Marcin Dabrowski, Dominic Stead, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Partners Municipality of Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Chair Peter van Veelen, Municipality of Rotterdam / Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands
Rapporteur Marcin Dabrowski, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Benchmarking coastal flood risk management practice in two Chinese Delta’s megacities, the cases of Hong Kong and Ningbo
Faith Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo, China

Challenges of adaptation to the increasing flood risk in cities: lessons from the Pearl River Delta
Marcin Dabrowski, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Adaptation strategies to the raising sea level in Los Angeles county
Lars de Ruig, Hans de Moel and Jeroen Aerts, Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM),
VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

What is participatory planning for climate change adaptation? Do we need it? Do we have time for it?
Vanesa Castan Broto, University College London, United Kingdom

Options for tackling obstacles experienced by construction companies who are willing to innovate and incorporate adaptation in their construction projects
Marco Hoogvliet, Deltares, the Netherlands

Hotterdam: the health and land-use implications of the Rotterdam urban heat island
Frank van der Hoeven, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands