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Adapting to Climate Change—A Wicked Problem

A Road Map for Action
  • H. Karl
  • C. Curtin
  • L. Scarlett
  • W. Hopkins
Conference paper
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)


Adapting to climate change presents a wicked problem. The properties of wicked problems are described, followed by a discussion of how learning processes developed to address wicked problems are suited to tackling climate change issues. The authors propose to meet the need for integrated research across disciplines by establishing a Virtual Institute to develop a core curriculum on complexity and wicked problems. The chapter concludes with a roadmap for action to adapt to climate change.


Climate Change Adaptation Wicked Problem Governance Regime Adaptive Governance Collaborative Governance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of New HampshireDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Antioch University of New EnglandKeeneUSA
  3. 3.Resources for the FutureWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Cobscook Bay Resource CenterEastportUSA

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