4 Oct

Geographical Review Preview: Adaptive Transitions: The Long‐Term Perspective on Humans in Changing Coastal Settings

By: Craig E. Colten

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Adaptive Transitions: The Long‐Term Perspective on Humans in Changing Coastal Settings


What is the main purpose of your study?
To emphasize the need to consider adaptations as part of larger, complex transitions, illustrated by a case study of Louisiana’s struggle with coastal land loss and sea level rise.

What are the practical, day to day, implications of your study?
By expanding conceptualization of adaptations as stepping stones in transitions, preparations for climate change can be conceptualized as more than efforts to manage the environment to include society, culture, economics, politics, and technology.

How does your study relate to other work on the subject?
Builds on a vast literature considering human adaptation to climate change.

What are two or three interesting findings that come from your study?
Disjointed adaptations can work in opposition; environmental management is not just about environmental processes, transitions are more complex than singular adaptations and are often longer-term processes than single generations.

What might be some of the theoretical implications of this study?
Seeks to foreground the role of society and institutions in climate change adaptation/transition.

How does your research help us think about Geography?
By examining the long-term processes undertaken to manage a specific coastal setting, it affords a clearer understanding of place, and one that has implications for other similar places around the globe.

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