Towards scenario representation of adaptive capacity for global climate change assessments

Andrijevic, M. ORCID:, Schleussner, C.-F., Crespo Cuaresma, J., Lissner, T., Muttarak, R. ORCID:, Riahi, K. ORCID:, Theokritoff, E., Thomas, A., et al. (2023). Towards scenario representation of adaptive capacity for global climate change assessments. Nature Climate Change 13 778-787. 10.1038/s41558-023-01725-1.

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Climate change adaptation needs, as well as the capacity to adapt, are unequally distributed around the world. Global models that assess the impacts of climate change and policy options to reduce them most often do not elaborately represent adaptation. When they do, they rarely account for heterogeneity in societies’ adaptive capacities and their temporal dynamics. Here we propose ways to quantify adaptive capacity within the framework of Shared Socioeconomic Pathways, a scenario set widely used by climate impact and integrated assessment models. A large set of indicators spanning different socioeconomic dimensions can be used to assess adaptive capacity and deliver adaptation-relevant, scenario-resolved information that is crucial for more realistic assessment of whether and how climate risks can be reduced by adaptation.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Integrated Assessment and Climate Change (IACC)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Sustainable Service Systems (S3)
Energy, Climate, and Environment (ECE) > Transformative Institutional and Social Solutions (TISS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS)
Population and Just Societies (POPJUS) > Migration and Sustainable Development (MIG)
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Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2023 08:11
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2024 07:33

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