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Assessing Climate Change Adaptations: The IPCC Guidelines

  • T. R. Carter

Abstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Technical Guidelines for Assessing Impacts of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations represent an initial attempt to integrate methods for formulating adaptation into a framework for assessing the impacts of climate change. These Technical Guidelines distinguish between two adaptation responses: autonomous adjustments and adaptation strategies. Autonomous adjustments are natural or spontaneous adjustments that will probably occur in response to climate change. Three groups are distinguished: (1) in-built adjustments, (2) routine adjustments, and (3) tactical adjustments. Adaptation strategies are responses to climate change that require deliberate policy decisions, i.e., responses exogenous to a system. The Technical Guidelines identify seven main steps for the assessment of adaptation strategies. The methodologies outlined in each step embrace assessments conducted across a wide range of environments, economies, and societies subject to climate change.

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Adaptation Strategy Climate Change Impact Regional Economic Development Technical Guideline Climate Change Impact Assessment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. R. Carter
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  1. 1.Agricultural Research Centre of FinlandFinnish Meteorological InstituteHelsinkiFinland

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