Manual showing how to adapt to climate change presented in Glasgow

Anthology by professor at HAW Hamburg presented to UN Climate Conference
11 November 2021
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Climate researcher Walter Leal, professor at HAW Hamburg and head of the Research and Transfer Centre for Sustainability and Climate Impact Management (FTZ NK) there, has presented a manual on climate change management at the 26th World Climate Conference underway in Glasgow ("COP26"). More than 600 authors focus on adaptation and transformation processes necessitated by climate change in the "Handbook of Climate Change Management, Research, Leadership, Transformation".

Walter Leal, climate researcher
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Walter. Leal

Successful examples of adaptation to climate change

"There is a huge need for a more holistic understanding of the impacts of climate change on countries and regions. There is also a need to examine how to manage the many problems caused by global warming," said Leal, who is one of 200 lead authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report released this August. "What we have in mind here is, first and foremost, better adaptive capacity. That's why we show successful examples of how the social, economic and political problems posed by climate change can be addressed and managed in our manual, now in six volumes."

Focus on research, leadership and transformation

The "Handbook on Climate Change Management - Research, Leadership, Transformation" is reportedly the largest non-publicly funded editorial project on climate change adaptation. It includes essays by scientists, representatives of social movements and members of government agencies. All of the authors conduct research and implement projects in different regions. "The focus of the manual is on research, leadership and transformation - all key areas related to practices that promote adaptive capacity to global climate change. We want to support government officials in their work among others. To this end, the book offers an excellent and solid source of information," said Leal.