Translating new conceptions of climate change risk into urban climate change risk assessments and adaptation responses

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Identifying and assessing risk is common across a number of disciplines from health sciences to disaster risk management to critical infrastructure protection. Yet, the climate change adaptation community has preferred a vulnerability-based framework in order to conceptually understand and respond to climate change (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2012). However, since 2012, the main scientific organisation that leads on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reframed climate change in order to look at risk rather than vulnerability. Such a move intends to harmonise the climate change adaptation community with those working in the allied discipline of disaster risk management (Aven & Renn, 2015). There is a further supposition that the risk-based concept can help to shift the focus from top-down, science-first vulnerability assessments to risk assessments that can better include a range of stakeholders (Meadow et al., 2015). There is, however, scant literature on the means of co-producing risk assessments. There are also potential difficulties in translating the new risk-based concept into practice, particularly in spatial planning which combines expertise from a range of disciplines. The definition of risk differs across disciplines and sectors (Thywissen, 2006; Wolf, 2011). In addition, existing climate change adaptation projects have used vulnerability-based conceptual frameworks, and there is therefore a question mark over the way that their resultant data can be easily reused.
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