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Major et al. 2018

Major, D.C., S. Ali Ibrahim, P. Driscoll, M. Lehmann, and W. Debucquoy, 2018: Annex 3: Case study docking station: Overview and methods. In Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (ARC3.2). C. Rosenweig, W. Solecki, P. Romer-Lankao, S. Mehotra, S. Dhakal, and S. Ali Ibrahim, Eds. Cambridge University Press, pp. 629-636.

The Urban Climate Change Research Network's (UCCRN) First Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.1; Rosenzweig et al., 2011), included within its chapters 46 Case Studies on cities around the world and climate topics more generally, including vulnerability, hazards and impacts, extreme events, mitigation actions, and sector-specific themes such as health, transportation, energy, wastewater and flood management. While the cases presented provided concrete examples of the issues discussed within the particular chapters, the lack of an overarching research design, data collection protocol, and analytic matrices made cross-case comparisons difficult. This Annex describes the UCCRN contribution to addressing these issues and considering next steps. This Annex includes the following sections in addition to this Introduction: Section 2, ARC3.1 Background; Section 3, Guidelines for ARC3.2 Case Studies; Section 4, the ARC3.2 Case Study Docking Station; and Section 5, Conclusions.

One of the key strengths of the case study methodology is the ability to provide highly context-specific insights into contemporary phenomena (Yin, 2009; Gerring, 2010; Keskitalo, 2010). However, if case studies are uncoordinated, this benefit is to some extent a weakness if researchers are interested in understanding a broader view of the deeper causal mechanisms that drive urban climate change planning (Ford et al., 2010). Some of the existing literature on, and meta-analyses of, urban climate change issues documents that the study of climate change at the urban scale is characterized by a fragmented research environment where even many of the basic concepts employed remain indistinct and vague (Dupuis and Biesbroek, 2013). For example, in the field of climate adaptation, there are a variety of interpretations about what is baseline adaptation (normal hazard management) and what is climate-driven

adaptation (in response to changes beyond the previous status quo), what is adaptation policy, what are suitable measures of success or failure, and what are some standard indicators to measure progress in adaptation strategies and measures (Doria et al., 2009).

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  author={Major, D. C. and Ali Ibrahim, S. and Driscoll, P. and Lehmann, M. and Debucquoy, W.},
  editor={Rosenweig, C. and Solecki, W. and Romer-Lankao, P. and Mehotra, S. and Dhakal, S. and Ali Ibrahim, S.},
  title={Annex 3: Case study docking station: Overview and methods},
  booktitle={Climate Change and Cities: Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (ARC3.2)},
  publisher={Cambridge University Press},

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