An assessment of the nature and utility of adaptive capacity research
Synthesis and Integrative Research Program
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.