Planning for future sea-level rise in Swedish municipalities
2015 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 20, no 4, 459-473 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A warmer climate leads to rising sea levels. Despite uncertainties about how rapid and substantial future sea-level rise (SLR) will be, society needs to prepare and adapt. This study examines the state of planning for future SLR in Sweden by surveying 33 coastal municipalities in southern Sweden and interviewing local, regional and national authorities with relevant accountability. The results reveal that there are considerable gaps in current planning for SLR. Almost one-third of municipalities lack guiding planning documents for SLR, and more than two-thirds do not discuss SLR beyond 2100. We argue that the prevailing uncertainty and ambiguity in assessments of future SLR is problematic within a traditional “predict-then-act” paradigm, and that robust approaches, such as scenario planning, can reduce many of these problems.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2015. Vol. 20, no 4, 459-473 p.
sea-level rise, uncertainties, planning, climate change adaptation
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Planning and Decision Analysis
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144410DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2013.834881ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84922210967OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-144410DiVA: diva2:713370
QC 201506252014-04-222014-04-222016-03-07Bibliographically approved