Urban Climate Adaptation

Welcome to the urban climate adaptation seminar! We are looking forward to engaging with you on Disaster-STS and during the July 31st discussion. To prepare, we wanted to send some instructions in advance. 

1. First, our focus is going to be on climate adaptation policies (or action plans) that have been created by cities. In the last decade, more and more cities have produced “climate action plans” which document city-specific climate impacts and possible or planned interventions. We have found over our research that there is wide variance in what cities produce in this genre. Some cities focus on the economic dimensions, while others focus on infrastructural risks. Some climate action plans inequity and the need for community involvement, and some make no mention of this layer of climate planning. 

We have posted a number of climate action plans in the ‘Adaptation Plans’ essay on DSTS. We encourage you to look at a plan or two, or to find your own. Many additional North American city plans are posted at the Urban Climate Change Research Network’s North American Hub. Of course, these plans are long! Perhaps just look at a section or two that most interests you, and then reflect on the following analytics.

2. We have developed a structured analytic for our research on urban climate adaptation, “Annotating a climate policy.” We’ll use this in the seminar, but we also recommend going back to the Quotidian Anthropocene analytic.

Again, we look forward to the discussion. If you have any questions, content to post, or if you answer any of the analytics in advance, please let us know.


Ali, Tarita, Sarah



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July 18, 2019

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Alison Kenner, Sarah Stalcup, Tarita Roy Choudhury and Tim Schütz. 18 July 2019, "Urban Climate Adaptation", Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 31 July 2019, accessed 20 May 2022. https://disaster-sts-network.org/content/urban-climate-adaptation-0