On Geronimo's contribution
Locked-in: Revisiting coastal adaptation policies in the Maldives
Geronimo Gussmann revisits the underestimated ability of the Maldives to adapt to sea-level rise. Floating communities, land reclamations and the fortification of islands kept the islands habitable. Nonetheless, the attractiveness of the Maldives as a high-end tourism destination decreased drastically, leaving the islands economy paralyzed. The Maldivian population might soon face costal adaptation limits that raise difficult questions about the future of the Maldives.
Geronimo Gussmann presents his work on day 1 of T2051MCC. On this day it is assumed that global heating has surpassed 2°C.
Some background on Geronimo
Global Climate Forum e.V., Berlin, Germany
Geronimo is a political economist and postdoctoral researcher at the Global Climate Forum in Berlin. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, a Master’s degree in International Relations and is currently completing his Ph.D. about coastal adaptation governance in the Maldives at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Geronimo is an empirical social scientist and works on questions relating to how rules and politics at the coast emerged, how they developed, and how sea-level rise changes them.