Elisabeth M. Hamin is a Professor of Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on climate change adaptation and land use planning. Yaser Abunnasr is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at the American University of Beirut in the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, Beirut, Lebanon. Robert L. Ryan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, where he teaches courses on landscape planning and assessment, environment and behavior, and green infrastructure planning.
Climate change is the environmental and social crisis of our time. Human influence on the fundamental biophysical processes of the planet is so pervasive that a new geologic epoch has been identified: the Anthropocene. Both for our own survival and for that of other species, we must adapt, and planning is one of our most important tools for adaptation. Fortunately, humans are a planning species. Elisabeth M. Hamin, Yaser Abunnasr, and Robert Ryan have collected and curated the most important essays on the topic. This reader will be useful for both students and practitioners who are seeking ways to mitigate the consequences of climate change and to adapt communities through sustainable design. Frederick Steiner, University of Pennsylvania, USA ã An impressive collection of contemporary writings on one of the largest challenges of our time: how to adapt cities to a changing climate. Sure to be useful to both university classes and professionals. Steve Wheeler, U.C. Davis, USA ã I have taught an Environmental and Energy Audit course for a number of years and wished that I had a comprehensive source of key material that summarized the science on climate change plus adaption and mitigation measures to reduce green house gas emission impacts. This book by Hamin, Abunnasr, and Ryan is such a compendium. This book also addresses key health and equity impacts to disadvantaged urban populations as well as link to the role of green infrastructure implementation within a local community context. The editor's nuanced framing of each of the books seven chapters as well as the beginning of many of the individual article is key to allowing a reader to understand key contributions from the many edited articles within each chapter. Richard Rick Smardon, SUNY, USA