Managed retreat is strategic relocation of people and assets to reduce risk. It's an obvious, yet controversial adaptation option presenting unique challenges and opportunities. In a first cross-case comparison, an analysis published in Nature Climate Change surveys 27 completed and ongoing efforts that have relocated about 1.3 million people. The particular focus is the interactions between residents and implementers – the sociopolitical dimensions shaping the process and likelihood of retreat. With additional climate change, deliberate relocations will become increasingly necessary, preferable, or both. Stanford researchers unfold how governance innovations could support effective use of this tool in the adaptation kit. See links to the study, news release and media coverage below.
Managed retreat in a changing climate
World Economic Forum
Scientists have a plan to help us to retreat and relocate in a changing climate
Guest post: Adapting to climate change through managed retreat
Climate Change Threats, Managed Retreats
The New Yorker
When is it time to retreat from Climate Change?
Communities Retreat as Oceans Swell, Coasts Erode
Xinhua News (English version)
Stanford analysis looks at "managed retreat" in face of changing climate
How to Plan for the End of a Town
Managed Retreat from Sea Level Rise
Cape Charles Mirror (Virginia)
Adaptation: Will Sea Level Rise force a Managed Retreat from the Shore?
A new home: Work continues in effort to relocate island residents