The dynamics of vulnerability: What droughts and flooding can teach us about adapting to climate change

The dynamics of vulnerability

Tuesday 13 June, 3pm
Gottmann Room, School of Geography and the Environment
South Parks Road, Oxford

Presented by Leverhulme Visiting Professor Lisa Dilling

Cities in the U.S. have been adapting to drought and flooding for many years, implementing a combination of mechanisms to cope with climate and water variability and (often) increasing population. I argue that these experiences help us to understand how society will engage the challenge of adapting to climate change. Data from drought management and flooding show that adaptation to climate variability can shift vulnerability in unexpected ways. This suggests that there is a need for greater engagement with various publics on the tradeoffs involved in adaptation action and for improving analysis and communication about the complicated nature of the dynamics of vulnerability.