What is climate change adaptation?

Adaptation is a process of socio-institutional learning, and action based on that learning. It should be both relevant and specific to particular contexts, and produce adaptation outcomes that are robust against a wide range of future situations.

Adaptation should recognise often competing stakeholder goals and planning and assessment processes should use multiple types of information and knowledge at various levels and using multiple methods to identify and appraise adaptation options and strategies. Learn more about climate change adaptation decision-making here

Adaptation is not simply a reduction in future vulnerability as a scientific or technical forecast. It requires a deep understanding of the root causes of vulnerability. Information and approaches relevant to adaptation are evolving all the time, so we need an iterative approach to adaptation where we act, learn and then take a further decision based on new and emerging knowledge.

Further information:

  • For more information about climate change adaptation, see the weADAPT article An Introduction to Adaptation
  • Find out how weADAPT fits into the climate change adaptation landscape here
  • weADAPT aims to share climate information - find out why this is useful here
  • weADAPT supports a broad community of practice on climate change adaptation. What is a community of practice?

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