5. Physical, Environmental, Social and Cultural Impacts of Climate Change on Europe's Regions

  1. Philipp Schmidt-Thomé1 and
  2. Stefan Greiving2
  1. Johannes Lückenkötter,
  2. Christian Lindner,
  3. Florian Flex and
  4. Stefan Greiving

Published Online: 9 AUG 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118474822.ch5

European Climate Vulnerabilities and Adaptation: A Spatial Planning Perspective

European Climate Vulnerabilities and Adaptation: A Spatial Planning Perspective

How to Cite

Lückenkötter, J., Lindner, C., Flex, F. and Greiving, S. (2013) Physical, Environmental, Social and Cultural Impacts of Climate Change on Europe's Regions, in European Climate Vulnerabilities and Adaptation: A Spatial Planning Perspective (eds P. Schmidt-Thomé and S. Greiving), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118474822.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Geological Survey of Finland (GTK), P.O. Box 96, 02151 Espoo, Finland

  2. 2

    TU Dortmund University, Institute of Spatial Planning (IRPUD), August-Schmidt-Strasse 10, 44227 Dortmund, Germany

Author Information

  1. TU Dortmund University, Institute of Spatial Planning (IRPUD), August-Schmidt-Strasse 10, 44227 Dortmund, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 AUG 2013
  2. Published Print: 20 SEP 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470977415

Online ISBN: 9781118474822

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Keywords:

  • socio-cultural impacts;
  • environmental impacts;
  • climate change;
  • European regions

Summary

This chapter deals with the sensitivities to and impacts of climate change—and how they vary across Europe. For this it needs to first be clarified, based on existing research, which particular elements of Europe's regions are potentially sensitive to climate-related stimuli. Due to the great physical, environmental, social and cultural variety of Europe's regions the sensitivities to climate change differ from one region to another so that the same climatic stimulus would already lead to different impacts. For example, the same increase in summer temperatures may affect the environment of two regions differently depending on the particular habitats and species currently present there. Regional differences in climate change impacts are further exacerbated (or moderated) by the fact that climate change is not occurring uniformly across Europe but, as shown in Chapter 4, is also projected to vary across Europe.