The public health impacts of climate change, and how they can be addressed through implementable built-environment interventions in non-agricultural-based rural communities, is an understudied area in the academic literature and adaptation planning practice, particularly in the United States. This paper addresses this gap in understanding through a pilot project that developed a climate and health-adaptation plan with Marquette County, a geographically large, coastal, non-agricultural-based, rural community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We show how the Deliberation with Analysis model of public participation, supported by visualizations and followed by post-participant surveys to measure its impact on barriers to adaptive capacity, can be used effectively to overcome barriers to adaptive capacity identified in the literature, specifically in understudied non-agricultural-based, rural, coastal communities in the United States. This study contributes to academic debates on adaptation and rurality by displaying the utility of a method that overcomes these key barriers to adaptive capacity noted in past research, specifically a lack of public awareness, a lack of or difficulty understanding climate information, a lack of leadership, and limited coordination and competing priorities.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Regional Studies, Regional Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2021|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [cooperative agreement number EH001124]. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). This work was supported by Lorraine Cameron MPH, PhD, and Aaron Ferguson MPA of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Michigan State University student Jason Derry also assisted in the production of mapping images.
This work was supported by Lorraine Cameron MPH, PhD, and Aaron Ferguson MPA of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). Michigan State University student Jason Derry also assisted in the production of mapping images.
© 2020 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Sociology and Political Science
- Economics and Econometrics