Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

The Earth's biosphere is being transformed by various anthropogenic activities. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change addresses a wide range of environmental topics and pressing issues including global climate change processes and effects stratospheric ozone depletion acid deposition eutrophication of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems species extinction and loss of biological diversity deforestation and forest degradation desertification soil resource degradation and land use change sea-level rise and destruction of coastal zones depletion of fresh-water and marine fisheries loss of wetlands and riparian zones and hazardous waste management. Response options to mitigate these threats or to adapt to changing environs are needed to ensure a sustainable biosphere for all forms of life. To that end Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change provides a forum to encourage the conceptualization critical examination and debate on environmental change response options. Moreover the aim of this journal is to provide a forum to review analyze and stimulate the development testing and implementation of mitigation and adaptation strategies at regional national and global scales. One of the primary goals of the journal is to contribute to real-time policy development as environmental treaties and agreements are discussed and promulgated. Examples of mitigation and adaptation strategies policies and technical topics considered by this journal include emerging environmental technologies restoration and reclamation ecology non- renewable energy conservation renewable and alternative energy supply and use sustainable development of the biosphere bioengineering applications environmental and ecological economics renewable resource management integrated systems planning and development international environmental treaties and agreements environmental services valuation and equity alternative human infrastructure and transportation systems. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change is necessarily transdisciplinary in scope and welcomes full papers short communications book reviews and occasionally reviews of complex novel or emerging mitigation and adaptation strategies. All papers are subject to thorough peer-review. Prompt publication is a priority consistent with a high standard of quality and presentation.

Current impact factor: 2.67

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.669
2013 Impact Factor 2.019
2012 Impact Factor 1.856
2011 Impact Factor 1.234

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.51
Cited half-life 6.50
Immediacy index 0.32
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.79
Website Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change website
Other titles Mitigation and adaptation strategies for global change (Online)
ISSN 1381-2386
OCLC 41974043
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

  • Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9683-7
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    ABSTRACT: Climate change objectives of mitigation and adaptation are being mainstreamed into many policies and strategies around the world. In Europe, this has included the Rural Development Programme, which aims to tackle multiple social, economic and environmental objectives in rural areas, and the integration of climate change objectives adds another strand of complexity to the decision making process. When formulating policies determining the likely effectiveness of any particular measure can be challenging, especially with respect to the spatial and temporal variability of greenhouse gas emissions. This is a challenge faced by all countries and regions around the world. This study uses Europe as an example to explore this issue. It highlights the variability in emissions from land use operations that may be encountered under different conditions and time horizons and considers this in the context of policy formulation. The Optimal Strategies for Climate change Action in Rural Areas software has been adapted to derive net greenhouse gas emissions for rural development operations for all regions in Europe. Operations have been classified into five categories based on their benefit/burden over different time horizons. The analysis shows that it is important to understand the time period over which benefits or burdens are realised and determine how this fits with policy instruments, such as land management agreements and the permanency of actions. It also shows that in some regions an operation can have benefits, but in other regions it has burdens; thus, location can be critical. Finally, in the context of developing operations to meet multiple social, economic and environmental objectives, it is important to acknowledge that seeking options that only reduce emissions may not always be practical or possible. In some instances, we may have to accept an increase in emissions in order to meet other objectives. It is important that we evaluate the net greenhouse gas emissions of all operations, not just those aimed at climate change mitigation. We can then select those with the least burden in the process of developing optimal solutions to meet multiple objectives.
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9680-x
  • Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9679-3
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    ABSTRACT: Human migration is increasingly seen as a promising climate change adaptation and flood risk reduction strategy. The purpose of this paper is to investigate how spatial differences in flood risk, due to differences in flood protection, reduce the mobility of vulnerable households through a credit constraint mechanism. Using an equilibrium model with two households types and endogenous sorting, we show how spatial differences in flood protection lead to clustering of vulnerable households in a risky region, in a real-world setting of common United States (US) flood zones. We find clustering effects of some size for flood zones with return periods of less than 30 years.
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9667-7
  • Anne Loes Nillesen · Matthijs Kok
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9675-7
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    ABSTRACT: Climate change is a global environmental issue, which is challenging water resources management and practices. This study investigates the impact of climate change on water resources of the Yellow River basin, a major grain-producing area in China, and provides recommendations on strategies to increase adaptive capacity and resilience in the basin region. Results show that the recorded stream flows of the Yellow River declined from 1951 to 2010 and have decreased significantly in the middle and lower reaches. The variable infiltration capacity (VIC) model performs well as a tool to simulate monthly discharge of both the tributary catchments and the whole Yellow River basin. Temperature across the Yellow River basin over 2021-2050 is expected to continue to rise with an average rates of approximately 0.039-0.056 °C/annum. The average annual precipitation in the basin is projected to increase by 1.28-3.29 % compared with the 1991-2010 baseline. Runoff during 2021-2050 is projected to decrease by 0.53-9.67 % relative to 1991-2010 with high decadal and spatial variability. This is likely due to the model’s projections of a significant rise in temperature and changes in precipitation patterns. Climate change will likely aggravate the severity and frequency of both water shortages and flooding in the basin region. It is therefore essential to devote sufficient attention on structural and non-structural measures for the Yellow River basin to cope with climate change. At the global level, strategies to increase adaptive capacity and build resilience to climate change focus on public education to improve awareness of climate risks, implementing the integrated water resources management and planning based on impact assessments.
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9664-x
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    ABSTRACT: There is much optimism that the 2015 Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention will yield an agreement on mitigation of climate change, to become effective in 2020. In this context, Bahrain represents a developing country with insufficient data to assess mitigation opportunities: its per capita carbon emissions rank among the world’s highest, yet there has been no research on the reduction potential of its rapidly growing transport sector. We examine this reduction potential and the costs of various mitigation measures and, further, explore barriers and the view of policymakers and experts. Potential benefits of combined mitigation scenarios are also identified based on their acceptability. We adopt a modified participatory method to develop the scenarios, using the long-range energy alternative planning (LEAP) modelling system, and find that an integrated policy approach can deliver a 23 % reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, costing 108 United States dollars per avoided metric tonne, with politically acceptable scenarios. Better performance, however, would require less acceptable approaches. These findings are significant for decision-making in Bahrain and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries; national target preparation and the setting of fuel economy standards should be begun promptly. We offer lessons to other developing countries on the timely regulation of technical specifications and numbers of passenger vehicles. Participatory approaches to the assessment of mitigation measures can advance environmentally effective, economically feasible and politically acceptable scenarios. The global community can use these results to provide necessary technical and financial assistance to developing countries.
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 06/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9666-8
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    ABSTRACT: Super block and giant road networks have been a dominant form of China’s new town development. This may lead to numerous urban problems, such as high automobile dependency, heavy traffic congestion, and unwalkable communities. In recent years, the transformation of superblocks to a new urban form with human-scale blocks and fine-grain grid road networks in certain cities in China has drawn much attention. Despite its recent positive attention, the following important questions have been raised: How will the transformation impact road network capacity? How will the changes contribute to transportation carbon emission (CE) reduction or increase? How will cities deal with rearranging the cost structure among the different stakeholders in road construction, maintenance, and management? Related factors and approaches for a solution to such issues are discussed in this study, followed by further analysis using a case study of the core area of Chenggong, a new town in Kunming, China. The study shows that concern about a negative impact on road network capacity is unfounded. Estimation using empirical data from other cities shows that a significant CE reduction is likely to be achieved; and through reasonable cost restructuring and management, a win-win situation is possible for all road construction, maintenance, and management stakeholders. Thus, an optimized societal cost-benefit arrangement can be reached through the transformation.
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 06/2015; 20(5). DOI:10.1007/s11027-014-9614-z
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    ABSTRACT: Owing to fast-growing vehicle sales, China began in 2001 to develop vehicle energy conservation policies to help solve oil security and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions problems, and it has established a vehicle fuel consumption regulation system to contain vehicle fuel consumption growth. This regulation system includes technical standards, management rules, and fiscal policies. The system covers passenger cars, light-duty commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. This paper presents fuel consumption test methods, fuel consumption limits, and fuel consumption labeling standards for these vehicle categories. It also discusses the enforcement of these standards and their associated impacts on oil savings and CO2 emission reductions, identifies problems with the policy implementation from both technical and administrative perspectives, and proposes recommendations to improve the current vehicle fuel consumption regulation system. In particular, we recommend that the central government improve the jurisdictional authority for vehicle energy conservation by clearly clarifying the responsibilities of different ministries, develop a long-term vision and middle-term targets to guide the policy and technology development, and strengthen the policy enforcement monitoring and evaluation.
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 06/2015; 20(5):735-753. DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9636-1
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    ABSTRACT: Heavy-duty vehicles contribute a significant and increasing portion of global greenhouse gas emissions. The objective of this study is to provide an overview of heavy-duty vehicle efficiency policies in major markets to better inform the global evolution of climate mitigation measures. The paper compiles information from those four nations that have adopted some form of heavy-duty vehicle fuel economy standards—China Japan, United States of America (USA), and Canada—plus the European Union. Despite widespread differences, the study finds that each jurisdiction used simulation modeling to some extent to minimize the cost of chassis-based compliance testing. Further, the study identified several common elements under development for the next round of policies, including (1) how to incorporate trailer manufacturers into existing regulatory structures, (2) how to add new test procedures to fully account for potential benefits from hybrids and advanced transmissions, and (3) how to address the tension between separate test procedures for fuel economy and conventional pollutants. The paper concludes with a discussion of opportunities and challenges for aligning national policies in the future.
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 06/2015; 20(5). DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9632-5
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    ABSTRACT: Over the past 30 years, the Chinese economy has experienced unprecedented growth. China is now the second largest world economy, after the US. The growth in the Chinese transport sector has even outpaced that of the economy as a whole: the total number of Chinese motor vehicles has increased from 1.8 million in 1980 to 126.7 million in 2013, and vehicle ownership has grown from 1.8 per 1000 people in 1980 to 93 in 2013 (National Bureau of Statistics of China 2014). China has become the world’s largest car market, with annual sales in 2014 at over 18 million passenger vehicles (Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers 2015). Together with the fast expansion of air transport and high-speed rail, motor vehicle growth has helped boost personal mobility in China, creating great accessibility to economic and social benefits for people from the entire population spectrum. Also, the auto sector has become a key pillar of the Chinese economy.But these economic and social benefits have co ...
    Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 06/2015; 20(5):623-626. DOI:10.1007/s11027-015-9647-y