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Module Reading List

Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation, 2018/19, Semester 2
Prof Andrew Challinor
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Books are provided to give a foundation in the subject; journal articles are needed in order to fully understand methods, and to interpret results. In all reading, it is important to identify the appropriate sections / chapters, and to judge the level of detail required. Some guidance is given below. If in doubt, ask.

The IPCC are assessment reports that summarise a large amount of information. They are also a useful source of references.

Main course texts (books)

IPCC (2014) Climate change 2014 : impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability: Volume 1 (Part A) and Volume 2 (Part B), Global and Sectoral Aspects. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. Available at  

Wilby. R.L,(2017) Climate change in practice : topics for discussion with group exercises ISBN: 9781316507773 (pbk.) : £29.99; 9781107143456 (hbk.) : £59.99

Pelling, M. 2011. Adaptation to climate change : from resilience to transformation ISBN: 9780415477512 (pbk.) : £22.99; 9780415477505 (hbk.) : £75.00; 0415477506 (hbk.) : £75.00; 0415477514 (pbk.) : £22.99, Routledge

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Further reading (books)

Houghton (2009) Global warming: the complete briefing. Third (2004) or Fourth (2009, ISBN: 9780521709163) edition.

W. Steffen et al (2004) Global change and the earth system : a planet under pressure Berlin ; London : Springer.

Cowie, Johanthan. Climate change : biological and human aspects. Cambridge University Press 2008. ISBN-13: 9780521696197

Eckart Ehlers and Thomas Krafft (eds.) (2006) Earth system science in the anthropocene : [emerging issues and problems] Berlin : Springer.

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Week 1: To help identify a topic for your assignment

Key reading:

IPCC. 2014. Summary for Policymakers. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Field, C.B., V.R. Barros, D.J. Dokken, K.J. Mach, M.D. Mastrandrea, T.E. Bilir, M. Chatterjee, K.L. Ebi, Y.O. Estrada, R.C. Genova, B. Girma, E.S. Kissel, A.N. Levy, S. MacCracken, P.R. Mastrandrea, and L.L. White (eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, pp. 1-32. Available at - starting with the chapter summaries at the bottom of the "Technical chapter" pages

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Week 2: Understanding Causation

Key reading: overview of climate change and impacts

Wilby. R.L,(2017) Climate change in practice : topics for discussion with group exercises ISBN: 9781316507773 (pbk.) : £29.99; 9781107143456 (hbk.) : £59.99, Chapter 18

Seminar prep: prepare to critique Springmann, M. et al., (2016) Global and regional health effects of future food production under climate change: a modelling study. Lancet. ISSN: 0140-6736; 1474-547X.. DOI: 10.1026/S0140-6736(15)01156-3

Further reading

Challinor AJ; Müller C; Asseng S; Deva C; Nicklin KJ; Wallach D; Vanuytrecht E; Whitfield S; Ramirez-Villegas J; Koehler AK (2018) Improving the use of crop models for risk assessment and climate change adaptation, Agricultural systems. ISSN: 0308-521x, . doi: 10.1016/j.agsy.2017.07.010

Challinor AJ, Wheeler TR, Craufurd PQ, Slingo JM, Grimes DIF, Design and optimisation of a large-area process-based model for annual crops, Agricultural and forest meteorology. ISSN: 0168-1923 124 (2004) 99-120

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Week 3: Climate Impacts Modelling

Key reading

Meyer, R. S., Cullen, B. R., Whetton, P. H., Robertson, F. A. & Eckard, R. J. 2018. Potential impacts of climate change on soil organic carbon and productivity in pastures of south eastern Australia. Agricultural systems. ISSN: 0308-521x, 167, 34-46.

Further reading

Berrang-Ford, L., Maclean, J. D., Gyorkos, T. W., Ford, J. D. & Ogden, N. H. 2009. Climate change and malaria in Canada: a systems approach. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases ISSN: 1687-708X, 2009, 385487.

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Week 4: Impacts modelling for adaptation

Key reading

Challinor, AJ, Koehler, AK, Ramirez-Villegas, J, Whitfield, S, Das, D. (2016) Current warming will reduce yields unless maize breeding and seed systems adapt immediately. Nature climate change ISSN: 1758-678x . 6, pp 954-958.

Further reading

Challinor AJ; Simelton ES; Fraser EDG; Hemming D; Collins M (2010) Increased crop failure due to climate change: assessing adaptation options using models and socio-economic data for wheat in China, Environmental research letters ISSN: 1748-9326, 5, . doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/5/3/034012Challinor

Challinor, A. J., T. Osborne, A. Morse, L. Shaffrey, T. Wheeler, H. Weller (2009). Methods and resources for climate impacts research: achieving synergy. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society., 90 (6), 836–848.

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Week 5 The emergence of climate vulnerability research 

**note: groups for reading specific articles will be assigned on Minerva

Everyone to read

O'Brien K, Eriksen S, Nygaard LP, Schjolden A (2007) Why different interpretations of vulnerability matter in climate change discourses. Climate policy. ISSN: 1469-3062; 1752-7457 7:73-88

Adger WN (2006) Vulnerability. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. ISSN: 0959-3780 16:268-281

Group 1: Origins

Hewitt K. (1983). The idea of calamity in a technocratic age. In Hewitt K (ed) (1983) Interpretations of calamity : from the viewpoint of human ecology ISBN: 0043011616 (pbk ; cased) : Unpriced; 0043011608, Allen & Unwin, pg1-30

Group 2: Emerging ideas

Watts MJ, Bohle HG (1993) The space of vulnerability: The causal structure of hunger and famine. Progress in human geography. ISSN: 0309-1325 17:43-67

Group 3: A maturing field

Smit B, Wandel J (2006) Adaptation, adaptive capacity, and vulnerability. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. ISSN: 0959-3780 16:282-292

Group 4: The latest thinking

Bennett, N. J., Blythe, J., Tyler, S. & Ban, N. C. Communities and change in the anthropocene: understanding social-ecological vulnerability and planning adaptations to multiple interacting exposures. Regional Environmental Change ISSN: 1436-3798 16, 907-926, doi:10.1007/s10113-015-0839-5 (2016).

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Week 6: Doing vulnerability research

Everyone to read

Preston BL, Rickards L, Fungeld H (2015) Towards reflexive climate adaptation research. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability ISSN: 1877-3435 14:127-135

Ford JD et al (2010) Case study and analogue methodologies in climate change vulnerability research. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Climate change. ISSN: 1757-7799.

Group 1: Community-based research

Fazey I, Kesby M, Evely A, Latham I, Wagatora D, Hagasua J-E, Reed MS, Christie M (2010) A three-tiered approach to participatory vulnerability assessment in the Solomon Islands. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. ISSN: 0959-3780 20:713-728.

Group 2: Disentangling social and natural drivers

McCubbin, S., Smit, B. & Pearce, T. (2015). Where does climate fit? Vulnerability to climate change in the context of multiple stressors in Funafuti, Tuvalu. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. ISSN: 0959-3780 30, 43-55

Group 3: Policy entry points

Lemos, M. C., Lo, Y. J., Nelson, D. R., Eakin, H. & Bedran-Martins, A. M. (2016). Linking development to climate adaptation: Leveraging generic and specific capacities to reduce vulnerability to drought in NE Brazil. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. ISSN: 0959-3780 39, 170-179,

Group 4: Gaps in understanding, future needs

Ford, J., Pearce, T., McDowell, G., Berrang-Ford, L., Sayles, J., Belfer, E. (In press). Vulnerability and its discontents: The past, present, and future of climate change vulnerability research. Climatic Change. ISSN: 0165-0009

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Week 7: Adaptation: bottom up and top down approaches

Key reading

Eakin, H. C. and A. Patt (2011). "Are adaptation studies effective, and what can enhance their practical impact?" Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Climate change. ISSN: 1757-7799 2(2): 141-153.

Further reading

Jones, R. N. and B. L. Preston (2011). "Adaptation and risk management." Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Climate change. ISSN: 1757-7799 2(2): 296-308.

Dessai, S. and M. Hulme (2004). "Does climate adaptation policy need probabilities?" Climate policy. ISSN: 1469-3062; 1752-7457 4(2): 107-128.

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Week 8: Adaptation: Decision-making under uncertainty

Key reading

Walker, W., M. Haasnoot and J. Kwakkel (2013). "Adapt or Perish: A Review of Planning Approaches for Adaptation under Deep Uncertainty." Sustainability ISSN: 2071-1050 5(3): 955-979.

Further reading

Wilby, R. L. and S. Dessai (2010). "Robust adaptation to climate change." Weather. ISSN: 0043-1656 65(7): 180-185.

Bhave, A. G., D. Conway, S. Dessai and D. A. Stainforth (2018). "Water Resource Planning Under Future Climate and Socioeconomic Uncertainty in the Cauvery River Basin in Karnataka, India." Water resources research. ISSN: 0043-1397 54(2): 708-728.

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Week 9: Adaptation policy and governance

Key reading

Adger, W. N., Arnell, N. W. & Tompkins, E.L., 2005. Successful adaptation to climate change across scales. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions.. 15 (2), pp. 77-86.

Further reading

Cots, F., J. D. Tabara, D. McEvoy, S. Werners and E. Roca (2009). "Cross-border organisations as an adaptive water management response to climate change: the case of the Guadiana river basin." Environment and planning. C, Government and policy. ISSN: 0263-774x 27(5): 876-893.

Waters, E. and J. Barnett (2018). "Spatial imaginaries of adaptation governance: A public perspective." Environment and Planning. C, Politics and space. ISSN: 2399-6544 36(4): 708-725.

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Week 10: Tracking adaptation

Everyone to read

Ford, J. D., Berrang-Ford, L., Lesnikowski, A., Barrera, M. & Heymann, S. J. (2013). How to Track Adaptation to Climate Change: A Typology of Approaches for National-Level Application. Ecology and society [electronic resource]. ISSN: 1708-3087 18, doi:10.5751/es-05732-180340 (2013).

Magnan, A. K. (2016). Climate change: Metrics needed to track adaptation. Nature. ISSN: 0028-0836; 1476-4687 530, 160-160, doi:10.1038/530160d (2016).

Group 1: Methodological challenges

Dupuis J, Biesbroek R (2013) Comparing apples and oranges: The dependent variable problem in comparing and evaluating climate change adaptation policies. Global environmental change : human and policy dimensions. ISSN: 0959-3780 23:1476-1487.

Group 2: Approaches 1

Lesnikowski, A., Ford, J., Biesbroek, R., Berrang-Ford, L. & Heymann, S. J. (2016). National-level progress on adaptation. Nature climate change ISSN: 1758-678x 6, 261-+, doi:10.1038/nclimate2863

Tompkins EL, Vincent K, Nicholls RJ, Suckall N (2018) Documenting the state of adaptation for the global stocktake of the Paris Agreement. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Climate change. ISSN: 1757-7799 9.

Group 3: Approaches 2

Araos M, Berrang-Ford L, Ford JD, Austin SE, Biesbroek R, Lesnikowski A (2016) Climate change adaptation planning in large cities: A systematic global assessment. Environmental science and policy. ISSN: 1462-9011 66:375-382

Group 4: Future directions

Biesbroek R, Berrang-Ford L, Ford JD, Tanabe A, Austin SE, Lesnikowski A (2018) Data, concepts and methods for large-n comparative climate change adaptation policy research: A systematic literature review. Wiley interdisciplinary reviews. Climate change. ISSN: 1757-7799


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This list was last updated on 07/11/2018