Social Science for Climate Change
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Adaptation, Resilience and Transformation in the Face of Climate Change

Adaptation Success

Moser, S. C. and M. T. Boykoff (eds., 2013). Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Practice in a Rapidly Changing World. London: Routledge.

Moser, S. C. and M. T. Boykoff (2013). Climate change and successful adaptation: The scope of the challenge. In: Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Practice in a Rapidly Changing World, ed. S.C. Moser and M.T. Boykoff, pp. 1-33, Routledge, London.

Moser, S. C. (2013). Navigating the political and emotional terrain of adaptation: Communication challenges when climate change comes home. In: Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Practice in a Rapidly Changing World, ed. S.C. Moser and M.T. Boykoff, pp.289-305, Routledge, London.

Ekstrom, J. A. and S. C. Moser (2013). Barriers to climate change adaptation: Overcoming challenges in the San Francisco Bay Area. In: Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Practice in a Rapidly Changing World, ed. S.C. Moser and M.T. Boykoff, pp. 97-113, Routledge, London.

Moser, S. C. and A. Snover (2012).Successful Adaptation in Coastal Environments: Project Rationale, Key Issues and Preliminary Literature Review. A White Paper in Support of a Workshop on “Successful Adaptation in Coastal Environments” to be held on October 15-16, 2012 at Stanford University.

Adaptation Barriers and Governance

Ekstrom, J. A. and S. C. Moser (2014). Identifying and overcoming barriers in urban adaptation efforts to climate change: Case findings from the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA, Urban Climate, in press, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2014.06.002.

Eisenack, K. Klein, K., Moser, S. C., Hoffmann, E., Pechan, A., Rotter, M. and Termeer, K (in prep.). Barriers to Adaptation to Climate Change: Stock-Taking and Research Frontiers. Nature Climate Change, in press.

Ekstrom, J. A. and S. C. Moser (2013). Barriers to climate change adaptation: Overcoming challenges in the San Francisco Bay Area. In: Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Practice in a Rapidly Changing World, ed. S.C. Moser and M.T. Boykoff, pp. 97-113, Routledge, London.

Moser, S. C. and J. A. Ekstrom. (2010). A framework to diagnose barriers to climate change adaptation, PNAS, 107 (51): 22026-22031, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1007887107. Download & Suppl. Mat.

Ekstrom, J. A., S. C. Moser, and M. Torn (2010). Barriers to Adaptation: A Diagnostic Framework. PIER Research Report. Download pre-publication draft here.

Moser, S. C. (2009). Good Morning America! The Explosive Awakening of the US to Adaptation. Charleston, SC: NOAA and Sacramento, CA: California Energy Commission. Available here.

Moser, S. C. (2009). Governance and the Art of Overcoming Barriers to Adaptation. IHDP Update Extra (Newsletter of the Int. Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change 3: 31-36. Download

Moser, S. C. (2009). Whether our levers are long enough and the fulcrum strong? — Exploring the soft underbelly of adaptation decisions and actions. In: Living with Climate Change: Are There Limits to Adaptation? eds. Adger, W.N. et al., 313-343, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Download pre-publication version here.

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Resilience in the Face of Crises and Global Environmental Change

Ratner, S. and S. C. Moser (2009). Community Resilience and Wealth: The Challenges and Opportunities for Rural Communities in a Rapidly Changing World. A Report to the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, St. Albans, VT: Yellow Wood Associates, and Santa Cruz, CA: Susanne Moser Research & Consulting. Available here.

Moser, S. C. (2008). Resilience in the Face of Global Environmental Change. CARRI Research Paper No.2, prepared for Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Community and Regional Resilience Initiative (CARRI), Oak Ridge, TN. Available here.

Broader Contributions on Adaptation

Moser, S. C. and Juliette F. Hart (2014). The long arm of climate change: Exploring climate change impacts via teleconnections. Climatic Change, in review.

Moss, R., Meehl, J. and 25 others (incl. S. C. Moser) (2013). Hell and high water: Practice-relevant adaptation science. Science 342(6159): 696-698. Available from here.

Moser, S. C. (2013). Individual and community empowerment and human security. In: A Changing Environment for Human Security: Transformative Approaches to Research, Policy and Action, eds. Sygna, L., K. O’Brien, and J. Wolf, pp. 279-293, London: Earthscan/Routledge. Available here.

Rosa, Eugene A., Thomas Dietz, Richard H. Moss, Scott Atran and S. C. Moser (2012). Managing the risks of climate change and terrorism. Solutions 3(2): 59-65. Unformatted text available here.

Moser, S. C. (2011). Science for climate adaptation: Reflections from behind the 8 ball. Ogmius - Newsletter of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, no.31: 2-3. Available here.

Moser, S. C. (2011). Adaptation, mitigation, and their disharmonious discontents: An essay. Climatic Change, 111(2):165–175; doi: 10.1007/s10584-012-0398-4. Available here.

Moser, S. C. (2010). Now more than ever: The need for more societally-relevant research on vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. Applied Geography 30(4) 464–474.

Moser, S. C. (2009). Good Morning America! The Explosive Awakening of the US to Adaptation. Charleston, SC: NOAA and Sacramento, CA: California Energy Commission. Available here.

Vogel, C., S. C. Moser, R. E. Kasperson, and G. D. Dabelko (2007). Linking vulnerability, adaptation and resilience science to practice: Players, pathways and partnerships. Global Environmental Change 17: 349–364. Download

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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in California

Moser, S. C. (2013). Navigating the political and emotional terrain of adaptation: Communication challenges when climate change comes home. In: Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Practice in a Rapidly Changing World, ed. S.C. Moser and M.T. Boykoff, Routledge, London. Prepublication available here.

Ekstrom, J.A. and S. C. Moser (2013). Barriers to climate change adaptation: Overcoming challenges in the San Francisco Bay Area. In: Successful Adaptation to Climate Change: Linking Science and Practice in a Rapidly Changing World, ed. S.C. Moser and M.T. Boykoff, Routledge, London.

Caldwell, M.C., Griggs, G., Ewing, L., Moser, S. C. et al. (2012). Coastal Areas and Resources, in: Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: a Technical Report Prepared for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance [Gregg Garfin, Angela Jardine, Robert Merideth, Mary Black, and Jonathan Overpeck (eds.)], pp.168-196. Tucson, AZ: Southwest Climate Alliance. Report available at: www.cakex.org.

Liverman, D. and S. C. Moser (Convening Lead Authors) et al. (2012). Climate choices for the Southwest, in: Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: a Technical Report Prepared for the U.S. National Climate Assessment. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance [Gregg Garfin, Angela Jardine, Robert Merideth, Mary Black, and Jonathan Overpeck (eds.)], pp.405-435. Tucson, AZ: Southwest Climate Alliance. Report available at: www.cakex.org.

Moser, S. C. (2012). Climate Change in Paradise: Engaging the Community in Successfully Preparing for Monterey’s Future. Highlights from Focus Groups Held in April and June 2012. Monterey, CA: Stanford, Center for Ocean Solutions. Available here.

Moser, S. C., J. A. Ekstrom, and G. Franco (2012). Our Changing Climate 2012 Vulnerability & Adaptation to the Increasing Risks from Climate Change in California. Summary Brochure. Publication # CEC-500-2012-007. California Energy Commission, Sacramento, CA. Available here.

Ekstrom, J. A. and S. C. Moser (2012). Sea-Level Rise Impacts and Flooding Risks in the Context of Social Vulnerability: An Assessment for the City of Los Angeles. Report prepared for the City of LA’s Mayor’s Office. August 2012, Santa Cruz, CA. Available here.

Franco, G., D. Cayan, S. C. Moser, M. H. Hanemann, and M. A. Jones (2011). Second California Assessment: Integrated Climate Change Impacts Assessment of Natural and Managed Systems - An Introduction. Climatic Change 109(Suppl. 1), DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0318-z. Download here.

Moser, S. C., and J. A. Ekstrom (2011). Taking ownership of climate change: Stakeholder-intensive adaptation planning in two California communities. Journal for Environmental Studies and Sciences 1(1): 63-74, DOI: 10:1007/s13412-011-0012-5. Download publication here.

Pacific Council for International Policy (2010). Preparing for the Unavoidable Effects of Climate Change – A Strategy for California. PCIP: Los Angeles, CA. Download report or Executive Summary.

Moser, S. C. and J. A. Ekstrom (2010). Toward a Vibrant, Prosperous and Sustainable Fresno County: Vulnerability and Adaptation to Rapid Change. Technical Report and Summary. Prepared for the Local Government Commission, Sacramento, CA.

Moser, S. C. and J. A. Ekstrom (2010). Developing Adaptation Strategies for San Luis Obispo County: Preliminary Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Social Systems. Technical Report and Summary. Prepared for the Local Government Commission, Sacramento, CA.

Moser, S. C. et al. (2008). The Future is Now. An Update on Climate Change Science, Impacts and Response Options for California. PIER Energy-Related Environmental Research, Sacramento, CA, CEC-500-2008-071 (with accompanying summary outreach brochure, CEC-500-2008-077). Or, download the report and brochure.

Moser, S. C. (2007). Is California preparing for sea-level rise? The answer is disquieting. California Coast and Ocean 22(4): 24-30. Download

Moser, S. C. and J. Tribbia (2007). Vulnerability to Coastal Impacts of Climate Change: Coastal Managers’ Attitudes, Knowledge, Perceptions, and Actions. California Energy Commission, PIER Energy-Related Environmental Research, Sacramento, CA, CEC-500-2007-082. Download

Moser, S. C. and J. Tribbia (2007). More Than Information: What California’s Coastal Managers Need to Plan for Climate Change. California Energy Commission, PIER Energy-Related Environmental Research and the California Environmental Protection Agency, Sacramento, CA, CEC-500-2007-046. Download

Luers, A. L. and S. C. Moser (2006). Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change in California: Advancing the Debate on Adaptation. Report prepared for the California Energy Commission, Public Interest Energy Research Program and the California Environmental Protection Agency, Sacramento, CA, CEC-500-2005-198-SF. Download

Moser, S. C. (2006). Climate Scenarios and Projections: The Known, the Unknown, and the Unknowable As Applied to California. Synthesis Report of a workshop held at the Aspen Global Change Institute, 11-14 March 2004 in Aspen, Colorado, Elements of Change series, AGCI: Aspen, CO. Download

Hayhoe, K. et al. (2004). Emissions pathways, climate change, and impacts on California. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101(34): 12422-12427. Download

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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in the US Northeast

Frumhoff, P. C., et al. (2008). An integrated climate change assessment for the Northeast United States. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 13(5-6): 419-423. Paid access to article here or at a subscribing research library.

Moser, S. C., et al. (2008). Adaptation to climate change in the Northeast United States: Opportunities, processes, constraints.” Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 13(5-6): 643-659. Paid access to article here or at a subscribing research library.

Frumhoff, P. C., et al. (2007). Confronting Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: Science, Impacts, and Solutions. A report of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment. Cambridge, MA; Union of Concerned Scientists. Available here.

Frumhoff, P.C., et al. (2006). Climate Change in the U.S. Northeast: A Report of the Northeast Climate Impacts Assessment. Cambridge MA: Union of Concerned Scientists; available here.

Clark, G., et al. (1998). Assessing the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme storms: The case of Revere, MA., USA.” Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 3: 59-82. Paid access to article here or at a subscribing research library.

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Adaptation in the Coastal Sector

Moser, S. C. and M. Davidson (Convening Lead Authors) et al. (2013). Coastal Zone Development and Ecosystems. Chapter 25 in the Third National Climate Assessment, in review.

Moser, S. C., J. S. Williams and D. Boesch (2012). “Wicked” challenges at land’s end: Managing coastal vulnerability under climate change. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 37:51-78. Access to paper for personal use here.

Moser, S. C. and A. L. Luers (2008). Managing climate risks in California: The need to engage resource managers for successful adaptation to change. Climatic Change 87 (Suppl. 1): 309-322. Download

Tribbia, J. and S. C. Moser (2008). More than information: What coastal managers need to prepare for climate change. Environmental Science & Policy 11: 315-328. Download

R. J. Nicholls., et al. (2007). Coastal Systems and Low-lying Areas. Chapter 6 in Climate Change 2007: Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation, Contribution of Working Group II to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, Cambridge University Press, New York, 315-356. Chapter available here.

Moser, S. C. (2007). Is California preparing for sea-level rise? The answer is disquieting. California Coast and Ocean 22(4): 24-30. Download

Moser, S. C. and J. Tribbia (2006/2007). Vulnerability to inundation and climate change impacts in California: Coastal managers’ attitudes and perceptions. Marine Technology Society Journal 40(4): 35-44. Download

Moser, S. C. (2005). Impacts assessments and policy responses to sea-level rise in three U.S. states: An exploration of human dimension uncertainties. Global Environmental Change 15: 353-369. Download

Moser, S. C. (2000). Community responses to coastal erosion: Implications of potential policy changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. (Appendix F, 101pp.) In: Evaluation of Erosion Hazards. Report prepared for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC. Available here.

Clark, G., et al. (1998). Assessing the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme storms: The case of Revere, MA., USA.” Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 3: 59-82. Paid access to article here or at a subscribing research library.

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Adaptation in the Forest Sector

Joyce, L., et al. (2009). Managing for multiple resources under climate change: National Forests. Environmental Management, 44(6): 1022-1032. Download

Blate, G. M., et al. (2009). Adapting to Climate Change in United States National Forests. UNASYLVA, Special issue from the 2008 IUFRO Conference on Forest Management Adaptation to Climate Change 60(231/232): 57-62. Download

Joyce, L., et al. (2008). National Forests. In: CCSP. SAP 4.4: Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources. A report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research. Julius, S.H.; West, J. (eds.). U.S. EPA, Washington, DC. Full report and individual chapters are available here.

Adaptation in Urban Areas

Ekstrom, J. A. and S. C. Moser (2012). Sea-Level Rise Impacts and Flooding Risks in the Context of Social Vulnerability: An Assessment for the City of Los Angeles. Report prepared for the City of LA’s Mayor’s Office. August 2012, Santa Cruz, CA. Available here.

Ekstrom, J. A. and S. C. Moser (2012). Climate Change Impacts, Vulnerabilities and Adaptation in San Francisco Bay: Synthesis. PIER Research Report, Sacramento, Publication # CEC-500-2012-071, 65pp. Available here.

Moser, S. C. and J. A. Ekstrom (2012). Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Climate Change Adaptation in San Francisco Bay: Results from Case Studies. PIER Research Report, Sacramento, CEC-500-2012-034, 194 pp. Available here.

Adaptation in the Conservation Sector

Moser, S. C. (2010). Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Conservation Planning. Report for WWF, Washington, DC. Download

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