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dc.contributor.advisorHussen, Ahmed
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Amanda
dc.descriptionx, 119 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper attempts to analyze the effectiveness of climate change adaptation strategies using the circumstances of two specific case studies - the Republic of Kiribati and California. The analysis addresses the complexities of needed resources and funding mechanisms for climate change adaptation projects and processes. The method utilized combines the traditional cost-benefit analysis framework and the multi-criteria assessment framework to make judgement claims on adaptation strategy effectiveness. In the case of the Republic of Kiribati, risk reduction strategies of sea wall construction and mangrove planting are considered. The analysis concluded that building sea walls is not upheld by the combined analysis framework. However, mangrove planting is justified and effectively reduces risks related to rising sea levels. In the case of reducing wildfire vulnerability in California, the analysis concludes that utilizing woody biomass effectively mitigates wild fire risks. Ultimately, this paper analyzes resource scarcity, funding challenges, and uncertainty of future climate change impacts related adaptation, and yet argues that action must be taken to reduce risks for future generations. To overcome the adaptation funding gap, the analysis proposes climate risk insurance and development of legal and market structures for this funding mechanism to flourish. The analysis and literature argue that involving local actors, collaborating within and across national boundaries, focusing on long term no regret solutions, and focusing on constructing innovative funding structures best promote sustainable, effective adaptation implementation inen_US
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dc.titleCosts of a Changing Planet : An Integrated Cost-Benefit Analysis and Multi-Criteria Assessment of Climate Adaptation Strategies and Policy Solutions for the Futureen_US
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