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The role of green infrastructure in climate change adaptation in London
Article first published online: 12 DEC 2013
© 2013 Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
The Geographical Journal
Volume 180, Issue 2, pages 191–196, June 2014
How to Cite
Jones, S. and Somper, C. (2014), The role of green infrastructure in climate change adaptation in London. The Geographical Journal, 180: 191–196. doi: 10.1111/geoj.12059
- Issue published online: 16 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 12 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: OCT 2013
- green infrastructure;
- climate change adaptation;
- ecosystem services
Climate change may create risks that, without sufficient adaptation measures in place, endanger lives and damage natural, semi-natural and designed landscapes. This article explores the use of green infrastructure in climate change adaptation in London. A review of the current literature identifies how and where green infrastructure can deliver climate adaptation services and considers the benefits of taking a green infrastructure (or ecosystems services) approach to development. Selected examples are used to demonstrate how green infrastructure is being integrated into London's urban landscape. The article considers how existing mechanisms are facilitating the growth of green infrastructure in the capital and identifies three key focus areas for future research and policy. It concludes by suggesting that a more collaborative and imaginative approach to optimising the potential for green infrastructure benefits is needed.