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Successful adaptation to climate change across scales

Successful adaptation to climate change across scales
Successful adaptation to climate change across scales
Climate change impacts and responses are presently observed in physical and ecological systems. Adaptation to these impacts is increasingly being observed in both physical and ecological systems as well as in human adjustments to resource availability and risk at different spatial and societal scales. We review the nature of adaptation and the implications of different spatial scales for these processes. We outline a set of normative evaluative criteria for judging the success of adaptations at different scales. We argue that elements of effectiveness, efficiency, equity and legitimacy are important in judging success in terms of the sustainability of development pathways into an uncertain future. We further argue that each of these elements of decision-making is implicit within presently formulated scenarios of socio-economic futures of both emission trajectories and adaptation, though with different weighting. The process by which adaptations are to be judged at different scales will involve new and challenging institutional processes.
adaptation, vulnerability, scenarios, sustainability, decision making
0959-3780
77-86
Adger, W. Neil
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Arnell, Nigel W.
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Tompkins, Emma L.
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Adger, W. Neil
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Arnell, Nigel W.
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Tompkins, Emma L.
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Adger, W. Neil, Arnell, Nigel W. and Tompkins, Emma L. (2005) Successful adaptation to climate change across scales. [in special issue: Adaptation to Climate Change: Perspectives Across Scales] Global Environmental Change, 15 (2), 77-86. (doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2004.12.005).

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Climate change impacts and responses are presently observed in physical and ecological systems. Adaptation to these impacts is increasingly being observed in both physical and ecological systems as well as in human adjustments to resource availability and risk at different spatial and societal scales. We review the nature of adaptation and the implications of different spatial scales for these processes. We outline a set of normative evaluative criteria for judging the success of adaptations at different scales. We argue that elements of effectiveness, efficiency, equity and legitimacy are important in judging success in terms of the sustainability of development pathways into an uncertain future. We further argue that each of these elements of decision-making is implicit within presently formulated scenarios of socio-economic futures of both emission trajectories and adaptation, though with different weighting. The process by which adaptations are to be judged at different scales will involve new and challenging institutional processes.

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Published date: July 2005
Keywords: adaptation, vulnerability, scenarios, sustainability, decision making

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Local EPrints ID: 15800
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/15800
ISSN: 0959-3780
PURE UUID: df1c423a-e37f-462f-b95d-9a4a46fedffe

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Date deposited: 02 Jun 2005
Last modified: 15 Jul 2019 19:31

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