An assessment of the nature and utility of adaptive capacity research

Synthesis and Integrative Research Program
Tim Smith
University of the Sunshine Coast
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Vulnerability to climate change is described as ‘a function of exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity’. The science, however, has been dominated by research on exposure. There has been a recent increase in studies on adaptive capacity, yet there has been no assessment of the nature of adaptive capacity research, or on its utility for decision-making. This project will assess the interpretation and approach to adaptive capacity research in different disciplines, and assess the utility of the concept for decision-making and make recommendations to improve synergies between climate change adaptation researchers and decision makers. The project will actively involve stake holders through interviews and an online survey.

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