“The story of retreat as a climate response is just beginning,” Mach
said. “Retreat is compelling because it brings together so many aspects
of how societies work, what individuals are trying to achieve and what
it takes to ensure preparedness and resilience in a changing climate.”
The paper makes note of a variety of areas where additional work is
needed, including coordination of various levels of government and
support for relocation assistance programs. First, Siders said,
communities must identify which areas they most want to protect and how
to encourage and assist relocation.
“Managed retreat needs to be embedded in larger conversations and
social programs,” she said. “Retreat can’t be just about avoiding risk.
It needs to be about moving toward something better.”
More about the article and the researchers
“The Case for Strategic and Managed Climate Retreat: Why, where,
when, and how should communities relocate?” was published Aug. 23 in
A.R. Siders, previously an environmental fellow at the Harvard
University Center for the Environment, joined the UD faculty in August.
Hino is a doctoral candidate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University.
Mach previously was director of the Stanford Environment Assessment
Facility at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and a
senior research scientist at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy and
Environmental Sciences. She is now an associate professor at the
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
and a faculty scholar at the university’s Abess center.
Article by Ann Manser; illustration by Jeffrey C. Chase