Status and dynamics of climate resilience studies

Lightning Talks
Donnerstag (21. September 2023), 09:00–10:30
SH 0.107
Emlyn Liang Yang (LMU München)
Markus Keck (Universität Augsburg)
Jürgen Scheffran (Universität Hamburg)
Climate change is projected to cause great loss and damage, even if the currently planned mitigation goals are met. The question of how to maintain and enhance social resilience to climate change impacts is of utmost importance and requires great efforts in science, policy and practice.
Zhanli Sun (Leibniz-Institut für Agrarentwicklung in Transformationsökonomien (IAMO))
Conceptualization of resilience and regime shifts of land systems
Markus Keck (Universität Augsburg)
Climate resilience as care

Abstract der Sitzung

Climate resilience can be defined as the capacity of actors, economies, ecologies or social-ecological systems to cope with and adapt to hazardous events associated with climate change and to transform in ways that secure possibilities for future generations to do it alike. Increasing studies are warning that climate change is a major threat to human societies and is projected to cause even greater loss and damage in near future, even if the currently planned mitigation goals are met. Therefore, addressing climate resilience has become a key priority in fields like civil protection, urban planning, health care and others.

When looking at existing studies on climate resilience, a number of important scientific knowledge gaps persist. First of all, there is dichotomy between rather uncritical conceptualizations that first and foremost deal with methodological questions of how to apply the notion of resilience to empirical research and rather critical pieces that reject the notion of resilience as a whole for many different reasons. Against this background the question arises of how to conceptualize climate resilience so that both antagonistic positions can be overcome. Second, most of the existing studies produce worrying statements on a lack of resilience, while there is insufficient investigation on the knowledge system of climate resilience regarding its principles, mechanisms, and processes. Third, the geographical bias of climate resilience research dominantly focuses on big cities, river deltas, and coastal areas, where advanced facilities and governance are readily available. Forth, the interrelations between climate resilience and environmental health is still under-researched and needs special emphasis in near future. Last but not least, modelling and simulation tools are in high demand to detect the patterns and dynamics of climate resilience.

Against this background, this session aims to promote research exchanges of scholars from multiple disciplines on the status and dynamics of climate resilience studies. The relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following: