Special acknowledgment is due to Abby T. Madigan for help in revising this paper.
Some Forward Looking Thoughts on Studying Climate Adaptation for an Uncertain Future—A Postscript Editorial Comment
Article first published online: 13 JUL 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Review of Development Economics
Special Issue: Climate Change and Economic Development. Guest Editors: Channing Arndt, Paul Chinowsky, Ken Strzepek, Finn Tarp, and James Thurlow
Volume 16, Issue 3, pages 503–510, August 2012
How to Cite
Yohe, G. W. (2012), Some Forward Looking Thoughts on Studying Climate Adaptation for an Uncertain Future—A Postscript Editorial Comment. Review of Development Economics, 16: 503–510. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9361.2012.00677.x
- Issue published online: 13 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 13 JUL 2012
This postscript highlights questions that are particularly germane for thinking about how to use modern, state of the art investigations of impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability to advance a broader decision-supporting research agenda. They are drawn from the fundamental conclusion from the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—“Responding to climate change involves an iterative risk management process that includes both adaptation and mitigation . . . .” They are:
- 1How do we mainstream climate adaptation into decision-making with multiple stresses?
- 2Are we now at a juncture where we can begin to calibrate the value of mitigation over the short to medium term?
- 3How do we know, as is often claimed, that adaptive capacity will be overwhelmed by unabated climate change?
- 4What does “iterative” mean in practice?
This collection of essays might show the way so that, in 5 or 10 years time, we have better answers.