The social values at risk from sea-level rise
AuthorGraham, Sonia; Barnett, Jon; Fincher, Ruth; HURLIMANN, ANNA; MORTREUX, COLETTE; WATERS, ELISSA
Source TitleEnvironmental Impact Assessment Review
University of Melbourne Author/sBarnett, Jonathon; Fincher, Beatrice; Hurlimann, Anna; Graham, Sonia; Mortreux, Colette; Waters, Elissa
AffiliationArchitecture, Building and Planning
Resource Management and Geography
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsGraham, S., Barnett, J., Fincher, R., Hurlimann, A., Mortreux, C., & Waters, E. (2013). The social values at risk from sea-level rise. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 41, 45-52. DOI: 10.1016/j.eiar.2013.02.002
Access StatusOpen Access
Analysis of the risks of sea-level rise favours conventionally measured metrics such as the area of land that may be subsumed, the numbers of properties at risk, and the capital values of assets at risk. Despite this, it is clear that there exist many less material but no less important values at risk from sea-level rise. This paper re-theorises these multifarious social values at risk from sea-level rise, by explaining their diverse nature, and grounding them in the everyday practices of people living in coastal places. It is informed by a review and analysis of research on social values from within the fields of social impact assessment, human geography, psychology, decision analysis, and climate change adaptation. From this we propose that it is the ‘lived values’ of coastal places that are most at risk from sea-level rise. We then offer a framework that groups these lived values into five types: those that are physiological in nature, and those that relate to issues of security, belonging, esteem, and self-actualisation. This framework of lived values at risk from sea-level rise can guide empirical research investigating the social impacts of sea-level rise, as well as the impacts of actions to adapt to sea-level rise. It also offers a basis for identifying the distribution of related social outcomes across populations exposed to sea-level rise or sea-level rise policies.
Keywordscoasts; social values; climate change; vulnerability; adaptation; place; quotidian practices
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