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Adapting to Climate Change: Comparison of Case Studies

Adapting to Climate Change: Comparison of Case Studies

This document aims to offer a synthesis and discussion of the methodological process and results of implementing climate change adaptation case study research, reporting on the key messages and lessons learnt through a critical comparison of case studies that equally accounts for the stakeholders' perspectives. The deliverable is structured in four chapters. Chapter 1 provides a critical assessment of the Case Study Living Document- a methodological instrument developed in the context of a collaborative case study research, and provides the framework for the analyses developed in the following chapters. Chapter 2 is a comparative synthesis and meta-analysis of key messages from WP5 case study research results. Chapter 3 provides a meta-discussion on participatory experiences, which adds to the work developed in deliverable 5.3 (i.e. Participation in Climate Change Adaptation). Chapter 4 is centred on the perspectives of BASE case study stakeholders, and discusses and analyses the main challenges, successes and opportunities for climate change adaptation from the perspective of the stakeholders involved throughout BASE casework. The conclusions of the four chapters are distilled in the final conclusion, which offers insights regarding top-down/bottom-up dynamics, as well as contributions for future research. This final section equally offers a synthesis of how case study research tools and incremental innovations to methods and tools for climate change adaptation research and practice may inform the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and the European Adaptation platform Climate-ADAPT.


Campos, Inês; Kiat Ng; Andreas Hastrup Clemmensen et. al. 2016: Adapting to Climate Change: Comparison of Case Studies. BASE-Deliverable 5.5 under Grant Agreement No. 308337 (Project BASE).

Inês Campos
Kiat Ng
Andreas Hastrup Clemmensen
Gil Penha Lopes

Contributing authors:

Ad Jensen, Aline Chiabai, Ana Iglesias, Anders Branth Pedersen, André Vizinho, Anne Jensen, Anne-Mari Rytkönen,Bjørn Bedsted, Chiara Mazzetti, Duncan Russel, Eliška Lorencová, Femke Schasfoort, Filipe Moreira Alves, Grit Martinez, Hans Sanderson; Helle Ørsted Nielsen, Hilden Mikael Hugo Oliveira, Jenny Tröltzsch, Maailke Van Aalast, Mäkinen Kirs; Margaretha Breil, Marianne Zandersen, Marie Hubatová, Mark Zandvoort, Mette Termansen, Milla Mäenpää, Nico Stelljes, Oliver Gebhardt, Olivia Rendon-Thompson, Pedro Iglesias, Roos M. den Uyl, Rutger Van der Brugge, Sahran Higgins, Sebastien Foudi, Søren Gram, Tim Taylor, Volker Meyer, Zuzana Harmáčková

122 pp.
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Table of Contents

Adapting to Climate Change: Comparison of Cases
General introduction
1 BASE collaborative case study approach
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Methodology
1.2.1 Case study ID categories and groups
1.3 Results
1.4 Discussion: the role of CSLD in collaborative case study research
1.4.1 Cloud version of CSLD
1.5 Conclusion
2 A synthesis of BASE case study research – key messages for climate change adaptation practitioners
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Lessons learnt and key messages from International experiences: Literature review and four BASE International case studies
2.2.1 Lessons learnt from literature review of International (European and non-European) experiences (based on D4.2)
2.2.2 A Synthesis of BASE International case studies
Case Study
BASE Partner
2.2.3 Lessons learnt & key messages from BASE International Case Studies
2.3 Overview of BASE European case studies
2.3.1 Process Direction: Bottom-up and Top-down
2.3.2 Methodologies and data sources
Case Study
Analysis, Models & Tools
2.4 Lessons learnt and key messages from BASE European case studies
2.4.1 Key messages by meta-groups of case studies across European regions
2.4.2 Agriculture & Forestry/Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services
2.4.3 Water Resources & Health
2.4.4 Coastal Zones/Human Settlements & Infrastructure
2.5 Discussion and Conclusion
3 Meta-analysis of Participatory experiences in BASE case studies report
3.1 Introduction
3.1 Methodology
3.2 Results
3.2.1 Stakeholders in adaptation decision-making
Civil society stakeholders
Decision makers
3.3 Conclusion
4 BASE European case studies: stakeholder perspectives
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Methodology
4.3 Results
4.3.1 Group discussions
4.3.2 World Café
4.3.3 Evaluation from BASE case study stakeholders
4.4 Discussion: stakeholders perspectives on BASE research
4.5 Conclusion
General conclusion
Reference list
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4

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