Linking Quality of Life and Climate Change Adaptation Through the Use of the Macro-Adaptation Resilience Toolkit

36 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2022

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Erin Friedman

City University of New York (CUNY)

William Solecki

CUNY Hunter College

Tiffany G. Troxler

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Zachary Paganini

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

Climate change is affecting the quality of life and well-being of residents of U.S. communities and neighborhoods, posing a critical challenge for municipalities attempting to simultaneously address competing economic interests and public welfare concerns through climate adaptation policies. In response to this tension, this paper presents an innovative decision-making support toolkit — the Macro-Adaptation Resilience Toolkit (MART) — that is designed to explicitly address and overcome emerging tensions associated with community level climate adaptation policy development and ongoing and varied quality of life concerns of residents. In piloting the use of the toolkit in Miami-Dade County, we illustrate how climate adaptation can be situated within broader quality of life discussions with community stakeholders and formulate transformative strategies that could better align climate risk and adaptation and resilience actions with local quality of life issues. Findings from participant dialogues illustrate that socioeconomic inequalities of urbanization, such as gentrification, affect the kinds of climate risks that are considered of most concern to communities. Within this framework, participants formed transformational adaptation strategies that focused on improving quality of life in the long-term via conceptualizing large-scale shifts in the local governance, financing and economic structure thereby re-imaging daily life in the region.

Keywords: climate adaptation, quality of life, Miami-Dade County, transformative adaptation toolkit

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Erin and Solecki, William and Troxler, Tiffany G. and Paganini, Zachary, Linking Quality of Life and Climate Change Adaptation Through the Use of the Macro-Adaptation Resilience Toolkit. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4041236 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4041236

Erin Friedman

City University of New York (CUNY) ( email )

695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States

William Solecki (Contact Author)

CUNY Hunter College ( email )

695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
United States

Tiffany G. Troxler

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

Zachary Paganini

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

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