Climate Change Adaptation In Serbia: The Role Of Information Networks

Aleksandra STUPAR, Vladimir MIHAJLOV


Facing climate shift and responding to its challenges have become important concerns for scientists, politicians and grassroots movements in their efforts to reduce the carbon footprint. Simultaneously, they all agree that information has a significant role in the process of mitigation and adaptation, especially in urban areas. Communicating the climate change and raising the general awareness are preconditions for implementation of numerous suggested measures, while detecting the condition and increasing the efficiency and low-carbon potential have become imperatives for humanity. Consequently, all these tendencies directly influence changes is spatial and activity patterns, reinforcing the material realm with information flows.

The integral approach to urban development, anticipated as a preferred option for the climate-friendly future, has recently generated a number of creative concepts, tools and methods as a multi-disciplinary synergic response to accumulating problems. However, its real-time success greatly depends on the expansion and improvement of material and digital information networks because they represent a key-ingredient of all futuristic visions. Considering the current condition of climate awareness, as well as the course of undertaken actions, this article will focus on the relationship between cities, climate change and information networks, analyzing emerging ideas and innovations related to the (un)conventional use of information flows in reducing the consequences of climate change. The strategic role of networks in the exchange of data and knowledge will be examined on two levels - in the domain of public communication of climate changes, and on the level of urban systems, their effectiveness, accessibility and low-carbon outcomes. In accordance with recent environmental and technological trends, the article indentifies three areas of networks applicability, targeting main challenges of the anticipated climate-friendly development - human behavior, ecological awareness and general efficiency.



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