Are we adapting to climate change?
Human systems have to adapt to climate change and understanding the magnitude of the challenges at a global scale is incomplete. Here a method is developed and applied to track and characterize adaptation action across peer-reviewed literature. Our results support the following six assumptions:
- Considerable adaptation research has been conducted, though most of the studies report on intentions to act and not actual adaptation action.
- Climate change is rarely the only motivator for adaptation action.
- Extreme events across regions are significant stimuli for adaptation.
- Proactive adaptation is the most reported adaptive response.
- Adaptation action is reported more frequently in developed nations.
- A gap in reporting exists regarding taking advantage of climate change, or adaptive actions focusing on women, elderly, or children.
Lea Berrang-Ford, James D. Ford, Jaclyn Paterson, Are we adapting to climate change?, Global Environmental Change, Volume 21, Issue 1, February 2011, Pages 25-33, ISSN 0959-3780, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2010.09.012.