Tourists’ representations of coastal managed realignment as a climate change adaptation strategy.

Schliephack, J. and Dickinson, J. E., 2016. Tourists’ representations of coastal managed realignment as a climate change adaptation strategy. Tourism Management, 59, 182 - 192.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2016.08.004

Abstract

In coastal destinations climate change adaptation is needed to address coastal erosion due to a combination of sea level rise and more frequent extreme weather events leading to loss of natural features and tourism infrastructure. Managed realignment is increasingly adopted as a strategy to address coastal change; however, this has often proved a contentious strategy with stakeholder groups. This study explores tourists' representational framework of managed realignment and how this frames understanding of the concept, understanding of how coastal resources might change and implications for future visitation. Data compiled using a questionnaire adopted a social representations theory perspective to analyse how collective tourists’ ideas may serve to mobilise the public in various ways. In general tourists have a poor understanding of managed realignment anchored to historic coastal management strategies and contextualised by use values with consequent implications for tourism planning and coastal management decision making.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0261-5177
Uncontrolled Keywords:Climate change; Managed realignment; Social representations; Coastal erosion
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:24686
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:02 Sep 2016 10:18
Last Modified:05 Sep 2016 11:22

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