Health and wellbeing implications of adaptation to flood risk

Quinn, Tara; Heath, Stacey; Adger, Neil. W.; Abu, Mumuni; Butler, Catherine; Codjoe, Samuel Nii Ardey; Horvath, Csaba; Martinez-Juarez, Pablo; Morrissey, Karyn; Murphy, Conor and Smith, Richard (2023). Health and wellbeing implications of adaptation to flood risk. Ambio, 52(5) pp. 952–962.



Adaptation strategies to ameliorate the impacts of climate change are increasing in scale and scope around the world, with interventions becoming a part of daily life for many people. Though the implications of climate impacts for health and wellbeing are well documented, to date, adaptations are largely evaluated by financial cost and their effectiveness in reducing risk. Looking across different forms of adaptation to floods, we use existing literature to develop a typology of key domains of impact arising from interventions that are likely to shape health and wellbeing. We suggest that this typology can be used to assess the health consequences of adaptation interventions more generally and argue that such forms of evaluation will better support the development of sustainable adaptation planning.

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