The second European Climate Change Adaptation Conference will take place in Copenhagen between May 12-14, 2015. The theme of this year’s conference is “Integrating climate adaptation action in science, policy, practice and business” and will cover a wide range of topics, including governance of adaptation, risk assessment, and climate-proofing infrastructure and investments.
TRAC3 will host a session on tracking adaptation to climate change under the topic of “Adaptation policy and governance.” Please find the session description below and visit ECCA 2015 to submit a presentation abstract. Deadline: February 1, 2015.
Tracking adaptation to climate change
Chairs: Dr. James Ford (McGill University, Canada);Dr Lea Berrang-Ford (McGill University, Canada),Dr. Robbert Biesbroek (Wageningen University, Netherlands)
Over the years, adaptation has gained considerable interest around the world and adaptation actions have been reported at different levels and contexts. Although existing studies examining the state of the adaptation landscape provide valuable first steps, it is still a fragmented picture of adaptation.
New questions have emerged that require different explanatory approaches to study adaptation include: How has adaptation progress been taking place globally? Is society adapting more than previously? What conditions drive adaptation? Why have some countries progressed as they did? Which variables can explain how countries have arranged their governance of adaptation? What are valuable predictors of how adaptation takes place? How does adaptation policy perform?
Answering these questions requires overcoming three challenges:
Conceptual: tracking and comparing adaptation is challenging because the concept of adaptation is unclear and indistinctive. This requires further conceptual disentangling of what adaptation means, better understanding of the key components and identification of proper measurement indicators.
Methodological: tracking adaptation requires going beyond the descriptive and contextualized in search for ways for standardization, develop indicators and proxies, test hypotheses, and identify predictors to adaptation action. Such methods have been used in other domains, but sporadically in the context of climate change adaptation
Practical: limited datasets exists that are often too broad or non-existent. Existing datasets are rather static capturing only a small timeframe whereas tracking requires more focus on the temporal dimension.
The objective of this session is to better understand the challenges of tracking adaptation and finding ways to deal
with it. We welcome 5-6 theoretical, methodological or empirical studies that address at least one of the challenges. We aim for a 1/2 day session: 60% of the session will be used to present the papers and reflection, 40% of the time for active discussions on how to address the challenges. We foresee a large number of participants as this is one of the first sessions devoted to this topic.
We aim for a mixture of scientists with different backgrounds as presenters, but discussions are highly relevant to policy makers (who need to evaluate adaptation) and businesses (market opportunity for data collection and distribution).
We expect the session to: deliver a future outlook and research agenda and give practical examples to overcome challenges.
The chairs aim for a joint publication.