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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cost-Efficient Adaptation in the North Atlantic

A new study funded by NOAA's Sea Grant program explores best practices for climate change adaptation in the U.S. North Atlantic region by surveying municipalities and reviewing local planning policies and codes. The report also identifies potential barriers to knowledge transfer of best practices.

New Reports from U.S. AID

The U.S. Agency for International Development recently published two new reports through its African and Latin American Resilience to Climate Change project. One is a vulnerability assessment for six USAID/Feed the Future priority districts in Uganda with an emphasis on agricultural value chains. The other is a vulnerability assessment which sought to understand impacts and adaptive capacity in central and southern Malawi.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Working Paper: Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

After several years adrift in the Antipodes, a report I authored while working with the CSIRO's Climate Adaptation Flagship has finally been published. Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment: From Conceptual Frameworks to Practical Heuristics reviews several dozen published assessments to gain insights regarding the opportunities and challenges for making such assessments relevant and useful for decision-making.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Rethinking Conventional Wisdom about Adaptation

A new paper published today by myself, Johanna Mustelin, and Megan Maloney urges adaptation researchers and practitioners to think critically about the assumptions or heuristics they use in framing adaptation. Climate Adaptation Heuristics and the Science/Policy Divide defines the concept of an 'adaptation heuristic', presents a critical content analysis of the adaptation literature to identify the use of such heuristics, and comments on their potential implications for adaptation research and practice.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Research Priorities for Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

The Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) has published its final report on VIA (or IAV, if you prefer) research priorities.As one might expect from a report written by researchers for researchers, there apparently are many priorities that need to be addressed. However, the report helps make this list more manageable by dividing the various priorities into three areas: Information to Support Decision-Making; Systems and Region; and Emerging Topics. However, the big priority that is overlooked in the report is the identification of funding sources that are willing to sponsor these many and varied research needs.