Press release: Climate change threatens to cause trillions in damage to world's coasts, if coastal regions do not adapt to sea-level rise.

February 4, 2014

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Adaptation and Social Learning

Research Line Leader:
Jochen Hinkel

 

Goal:

Support climate change adaptation through the analysis of actors, networks, institutions, decisions, risks and opportunities involved in the process of adaptation.

 

Major finding:

  • Adaptation is a continuous learning process between actors and institutions at all levels of decision making.
  • In many cases adaptation involves collective action and overcoming social dilemma .
  • Advancing adaptation research needs a more precise and differentiated language than currently in use.
  • Coastal populations are threatened by both climate-induced sea-level as well as ongoing coastal development, urbanization and coastward migration.
  • On a global level, adapting to sea-level rise by building dikes is cheaper than the cost of inaction.

 

Funding agents:
European Commission and other sources.

 

Related projects:

  • Institutional Economics of Adaptation

Events

15.05.13

Second Open Global Systems Science Conference

June 10-12th, 2013, Brussels, Belgium


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News

04.02.14

Climate change threatens to cause trillions in damage to world's coasts, if coastal regions do not adapt to sea-level rise.

Coastal regions may face massive increases in damages from storm surge flooding over the course...


17.02.13

Blog on Global Systems Science online

Our blog on Global Systems Science is online. Current Topics: Towards a Global Systems...


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