As the global climate shifts, communities are faced with a myriad of mitigation and adaptation challenges. These highlight the political, cultural, economic, social, and physical vulnerability of social groups, communities, families, and individuals. They also foster resilience and creative responses. Research in hazard management, humanitarian response, food security programming, and other areas seeks to identify and understand factors that create vulnerability and strategies that enhance resilience at all levels of social organization. This book uses case studies from around the globe to demonstrate ways that communities have fostered resilience to mitigate the impacts of climate change.


Part I: Methodology, Policy, and Early Warning Systems

Methodological Strategies and Early Warning Systems

Chapter 1: Vulnerability and Resilience to Climate Change in a Rural Coastal Community

Katherine J. Johnson, Brian Needelman, and Michael Paolisso

Chapter 2: The story of Rising Voices: facilitating collaboration between Indigenous and Western ways of knowing

Julie Maldonado, Heather Lazrus, Shiloh-Kay Bennett, Karletta Chief, Carla May Dhillon, Bob Gough, Linda Kruger, Jeff Morisette, Stefan Petrovic, and Kyle Powys Whyte

Chapter 3: Youth based learning in disaster risk reduction education: barriers and bridges to promote resilience

Victor Marchezini and Rachel Trajber

Chapter 4: Household Response to Flash Flooding in the United States and India: A Comparative Study of the 2013 Colorado and Uttarakhand Disasters

Hao-Che Wu, Sudha Arlikatti, Andrew J. Prelog, and Clayton Wukich

Chapter 5: Traditional and Contemporary Social Safety Nets in Rural Mozambique

Miriam S. Chaiken

Policy, Evaluation, and "Best Practice" Models

Chapter 6: Accessing Disaster Recovery Resource Information: Reliance on Social Capital in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Jason D. Rivera

Chapter 7: Lessons Learned from Evaluating a Leadership Development Initiative to Foster Climate Change Adaptation, Mitigation, and Resilience

Mary Ann Castle, Norma Tan, James A. LaGro, Jr.

Chapter 8: Let’s Talk Oil Spill Risk: Lessons Learned from Coastal Communities in British Columbia, Canada

Shona VZ de Jong

Chapter 9: Imagining Culture: the Politics of Culturally Sensitive Reconstruction and Resilience-Building in Post-Wenchuan Earthquake China

Qiaoyun Zhang and Roberto E. Barrios

Chapter 10: The Shared Vulnerability and Resiliency of the Fukushima Animals and their Rescuers

Seven Mattes

Part II: ImpactS ON Resilience and Vulnerability

Food Security and Livelihoods

Chapter 11: Understanding Child Nutrition Preservation After an Extreme Weather Event Disaster: Lessons from Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Parma (2009) in the Philippines

Erlidia F. Llamas-Clark and Cathy Banwell

Chapter 12: Food insecurity and health disparity synergisms: Reframing a praxis of anthropology and public health for displaced populations in the United States

Preety Gadhoke and Barrett P. Brenton

Chapter 13: The Dynamics of Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity in Southern Ethiopia

Logan Cochrane and Yishak Gecho

Chapter 14: The Production of Material Goods as Resilience Adaptation by Impelled Migrants in Malawi

Michèle Companion

Gender and Social Inequality

Chapter 15: Gender Dimensions in Disaster Management: Implications for Coastal Aquaculture and Fishing Communities in the Philippines

Morgan Chow, Lori A. Cramer, and Hillary Egna

Chapter 16: Women’s Leadership in a Texas Forest Fire and Recovery: How Gender Roles and Assumptions Empower and Constrain Women and Men Post-Disaster in a Rural Southern Town

Josephine Nummi and Kathryn Henderson

Chapter 17: Gender dynamics and disasters in Zimbabwe: a case of Tokwe Mukosi flooding

Catherine Bwerinofa and Manase Kudzai Chiweshe

Part III: Community-Based Factors That Impact Resilience and Vulnerability

Chapter 18: Vulnerability and Tourism Development: Fostering the Capacity of Resilience in the Context of Climate Change

Sara E. Alexander

Chapter 19: Why Isn’t There a Plan? Community Vulnerability and Resilience in then Latrobe Valley’s Open Cut Coal Mine Town

Michelle Duffy, Pamela Wood, Sue Whyte, Susan Yell, and Matthew Carroll

Chapter 20: Best Family Rwanda: a Case Study on Religious Sources of Resilience

Sharon Kim and David Kim

Chapter 21: Grassroots and Guerrillas: Radical and Insurgent Responses for Community Resilience

Natalie Osborn, Deanna Grant-Smith, Edward Morgan

Chapter 22: "Prepper" as Resilient Citizen: What Preppers Can Teach Us About Surviving Disasters

Chad Huddleston

Chapter 23: All the Years Combine: The Expansion and Contraction of Time and Memory in Disaster Response

A.J. Faas