The Assessment of Adaptive Capacity

Part of the Advances in Global Change Research book series (AGLO, volume 54)


This chapter reviews the methods and challenges for the assessment of adaptive capacity. It presents and discusses the ranges of governance determinants of adaptive capacity as they have developed out of the different discourses such as good governance, adaptive governance, adaptive management, vulnerability and resilience. It concludes that the relative paucity of deep empirical examples exploring adaptive actions in periods that might be representative of a future warmer world remains a challenge in the operationalisation and characterisation of adaptive capacity as well as in the development in understanding how to mobilise it as climate change impacts take hold.


Adaptive capacity indicators Governance determinants of adaptive capacity Assessment of adaptive capacity Analytical challenges to assessing adaptive capacity Resilience based assessment of adaptation outcomes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Group on Climate Change and Climate Impacts Institute for Environmental SciencesUniversity of GenevaCarougeSwitzerland

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