Date of Award
Level of Access
Master of Science (MS)
Ecology and Environmental Sciences
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Adaptation and mitigation are two integral components of addressing climate change. However, little progress has been made to successfully accomplish either component at regional, national or global scales. Failure to mitigate greenhouse gases will make adapting to climate change impacts increasingly important but without actionable tools and information, adaptation will continue to be more reactive than proactive. As a result, the public and their resources will inevitably be affected by adaptation measures that are less planned, and thus more expensive. Place-based research can offer insights into the dichotomy of reactive/proactive climate change adaptation by focusing on climate-related vulnerabilities (e.g., extreme storms) and the processes involved in creating solutions or strategies to address those vulnerabilities. The purpose here is to better understand how climate-related tools and information can be more actionable so that adaptation is proactive, rather than reactive.
Gray, Alexander G., "Climate-Related Adaptation in Coastal Maine: A Study of Governance and Decision Process" (2012). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1811.