Climatic Change

, Volume 128, Issue 3–4, pp 367–380 | Cite as

Integrated assessment of China’s adaptive capacity to climate change with a capital approach

  • Minpeng Chen
  • Fu SunEmail author
  • Pam Berry
  • Rob Tinch
  • Hui Ju
  • Erda Lin


Although many impacts of climate change are difficult to discern due to successful adaptation and the influence of non-climatic drivers, the effects of climate change, particularly temperature rises, in various socio-economic systems have been increasingly documented (Parry 2007). Even if atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations were to remain at 2000 levels, past emissions are estimated to cause some unavoidable warming (Solomon et al. 2007). In reality, however, GHG emissions and concentrations continue to rise, locking us into further long-term climate change. Therefore improving adaptive capacity to deal with climatic variability and climate-related disasters is imperative for socio-economic systems that are increasingly challenged by the economic, social, health and environmental consequences of these changes.

In China, climate change is likely to have wide-ranging impacts on almost all sectors of socio-economic systems, and adaptation to climate change and...


Social Capital Adaptive Capacity Natural Capital Financial Capital High ACIs 
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This study was funded by the National Basic Research Program of China (2012CB955904), the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme (CLIMSAVE Project, Contract No. 244031), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71103186).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Minpeng Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fu Sun
    • 3
    Email author
  • Pam Berry
    • 4
  • Rob Tinch
    • 5
  • Hui Ju
    • 1
    • 2
  • Erda Lin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in AgricultureChinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)BeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Key Laboratory for Agricultural EnvironmentMinistry of AgricultureBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of EnvironmentTsinghua UniversityBeijingChina
  4. 4.Environmental Change InstituteOxford University Centre for the EnvironmentOxfordUK
  5. 5.Iodine SPRLBrusselsBelgium

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