While I generally opt out of trawling through the journals for every scrap of new literature on adaptation, a number of recent papers (including one of my own) have already emerged this year that collectively question the utility of adaptation planning or at least question the extent to which such planning reflects actual implementation of substantive actions to reduce climate vulnerability. These studies, along with a range of additional literature cited within, suggest we have a long walk ahead on the adaptation pathway before we reach the outcomes which one might actually consider to be adaptive. Or, at the very least, we might need to reexamine exactly what it is that we hope to achieve through our investments in adaptation planning.
- Berrang-Ford L, Ford JD, Paterson J (2011) Are we adapting to climate change? Global Environmental Change 21(1):25-33.
- Eakin HC, Patt A (2011)Are adaptation studies effective, and what can enhance their practical impact? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Climate Change, DOI: 10.1002/wcc.100.
- Ford JD, Berrang-Ford L, Paterson J (2011) A systematic review of observed climate change adaptation in developed nations. Climatic Change Letters, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-011-0045-5.
- Preston BL, Westaway RM, Yuen E (2011) Climate adaptation planning in practice: an evaluation of adaptation plans from three developed nations. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 16(4):407-438.