Adaptation to Climate Change: Context, Status, and Prospects

  • Ian BurtonEmail author
Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 42)


This chapter places the book in the context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and describes how the developing countries were the leaders in recognizing the need for greater attention to adaptation. The developed countries are now beginning to move rapidly into adaptation and an explosion of interest is bringing to the fore a long list of unresolved questions about adaptation to climate change and its relation to development, and its appropriate management from the local to the national level and for different socioeconomic sectors and a wide variety of climate-related risks. This book is at the leading edge of a rapidly expanding literature with many questions remaining to be addressed.


Adaptation to climate change Developed and developing countries The evolution of adaptation Prospects for adaptation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Adaptation and Impacts Research Group (AIRG)Meteorological Service of CanadaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Institute for Environmental StudiesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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