Psychological Perspectives on Adaptation to Weather and Climate

  • Alan E. Stewart
Part of the Biometeorology book series (BIOMET, volume 1)

The author examines the psychological dimensions of adaptation to weather and the climate events. Psychological approaches to adaptation are discussed and the distinction between primary, secondary, and tertiary adaptation are made. The author next presents a theoretical framework that lends itself well to organizing the different psychological variables that can affect adaptation, some of which have been explored in previous studies. This organizing framework is known as Protection Motivation Theory (Rogers 1975; Rogers and Prentice-Dunn 1997). The model components are discussed along with the cognitive and motivational biases that can affect the adaptive course that people might pursue. The chapter concludes with recommendations for furthering the psychological study of human adaptation to climate variability and change.


Adaptive Behaviour Climate Event Weather Event Extreme Weather Event Global Environmental Change 
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  • Alan E. Stewart
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  1. 1.Department of Counseling & Human DevelopmentUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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