Adaptation Planning

CMM16 Elective 4 ECTS
Period W24-W25 08.06.15 - 19.06.15
Instructor Patricia Manuel


This course examines the challenges that coastal cities and towns will face, and strategies they can use to prepare for the impacts of climate change and sea-level rise. Particular attention will be paid to the needs of vulnerable populations (e.g. aging populations) and resource constrained locales, and the ways in which local government and community-based activities can achieve equitable levels of climate-readiness.

Learning outcomes



[Preliminary] Learning processses include lectures and seminars, reading assignments, land use decision-making simulations, studio group work on local planning projects, and individual papers on special topics.

Tentative out-of-classroom activity: Participation in a climate change impacts and responses conference in Reykjavík


Patricia Manuel is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning at Dalhousie University, she holds second appointments in the School of Occupational Therapy and the Environment, Society and Sustainability Program.
She earned her B.A. Hons in geography from Carleton University (Ottawa), her M.Sc. in physical geography from McGill University (Montreal) and her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary (Environmental) Studies from Dalhousie University (Halifax). She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia. Patricia works mainly in the areas of environmental planning and community planning.

Her teaching includes theory and practice courses in landscape analysis, landscape ecology, geology and land use planning, environmental management, coastal zone management and studios (project-based courses) in environmental planning and policy and plan making. She regularly supervizes graduate (Master of Planning) and undergraduate (Community Design) student thesis and major independent projects in topics relating to environmental and community planning. She has also taught courses in community design principles for health professionals. She focuses her research and professional practice mainly on wetlands interpretation and management, watershed planning and management and climate change adaptation planning. She has worked extensively in community-based environmental planning with watershed groups and has participated in working groups that have included the Halifax Harbour Solutions project (sewage management), writing the management plan for the McNab and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park (Halifax Harbour) and providing experties.

Guest lecturer

Gunnar Páll Eydal

Further reading

Readings and further readings will be posted on the course website on UW intranet.