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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Climate Risk Management covers “Historical, current, and future climate conditions across multiple space and time scales; Risk assessment and risk management approaches for climate-sensitive sectors such as agriculture, forestry and fire management, health, mining, natural resources management, water management, the built environment, and tourism; and Analysis of relevant institutional developments and arrangements.” The journal seeks to publish original scientific research, reviews, and “reports of practical experience on all aspects of the production and use of climate and climate-related information in decision and policy making from the near- to long-term.” The subjects of articles to be found here include work on seasonal forecasting, climate change projections, capacity building, infrastructure design, reducing climate-induced disasters, protecting lives and property, lessening environmental damage, sustaining the use of resources, and identifying many of the risks that come with climate change. The types of articles sought include case studies, experiments, and comparison reports; especially sought-after are articles involving climate change and economic and social ramifications. The editors suggest that prospective authors keep in mind that “there is a complementary journal: Climate Services… [which] focuses solely on the use and usability of climate information for adaptation… [bridging] the gap between information from climate change research and stakeholder action, and directly [referring] to how climate information can be applied in methodologies and tools for adaptation to climate change.”
Ten volumes of the journal dating from 2014 to 2015 have been published so far, with one volume (Volume 9, 2015) having been a special issue on “Boundary Organizations.” It offered the original research articles, “Narrowing the gap between climate science and adaptation action: The role of boundary chains,” “The role of remote engagement in supporting boundary chain networks across Alaska,” “Boundary organizations to boundary chains: Prospects for advancing climate science application,” “Making climate science accessible in Toledo: The linked boundary chain approach,” “Overcoming barriers during the co-production of climate information for decision-making,” “How California is mobilizing boundary chains to integrate science, policy and management for changing ocean chemistry,” “Making it personal: Diversity and deliberation in climate adaptation planning,” and “Creating synergy with boundary chains: Can they improve usability of climate information?”
The material in this special issue, as with all the material to be found in this journal, is top notch: professionally researched, well-written, and accessibly presented. This is a title that will likely be useful to any serious student or scholar doing research in climate change.