Adaptation

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7.1.1

Adaptation Ways to Reduce Vulnerability to Climate Change

Source: Climate Change 2001 Synthesis Report page 280-2

The tables on the following pages come from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summarizes the ways that different sectors can adapt to climate change and reduce vulnerability to the harmful effects.

The most vulnerable regions are highly exposed to the hazardous effects and at the same time have limited ability to adapt (adaptive capacity). The ability to cope with climate change depends on wealth, scientific and technical knowledge, skills, infrastructure, institutions and equity. So countries with poor economic resources, low levels of technology, poor infrastructure, unstable institutions and inequitable access to resources are highly vulnerable and have little capacity to adapt to climate change.

Adaptation and adaptive capacity in different sectors:

a. Hydrology and Water Resources
b. Ecosystems
c. Coastal Zones and Marine Ecosystems
d. Human Settlements, Energy, and Industry
e. Insurance and other Financial Services
f. Human Health

Activity

Choose one of the regions identified by the IPCC. Research the vulnerability and ability to cope with climate change for your chosen region. Create a poster display to inform the viewer of the special issues and concerns for the region.

The IPCC regions are Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Latin America, North America, Polar Regions, Small Island States.

You may want to choose a smaller region within one of the larger regions for your research.

Places to start are the IPCC websites,
Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability;
http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc_tar/wg2/index.htm
Synthesis Report:
http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc_tar/vol4/english/index.htm

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