Living with the Mistral: The Past and Future of Regional Climate Adaptation in France
with Catherine T. Dunlop
|Participant(s)||Catherine T. Dunlop|
Blowing for a third of the year, at speeds that can exceed 100 kilometers per hour, the icy and violent mistral wind distinguishes Provence from the rest of France.
Over the centuries, human inhabitants of this region have developed thoughtful strategies for coexisting with their windswept environment. In their dwellings, tools, boats, and landscape architecture, they have left behind intriguing forms of material evidence that tell the story of regional-scale climate adaptation. With the spotlight increasingly on French regions to plan and implement climate strategies tailored to their distinct ecosystems, it is crucial that policy makers and members of civil society situate their efforts within a long-term history of region-based environmental adaptation.