Journal article

Between adaptive capacity and action: new insights into climate change adaptation at the household scale

Colette Mortreux, Saffron O'Neill, Jon Barnett

Environmental Research Letters | Institute of Physics (IoP) | Published : 2020


Research on social vulnerability and adaptation to climate change assumes that increasing amounts of adaptive capacity increase the likelihood of actions to adapt to climate change.Wetest this assumption as it applies at the scale of households, through a study of the relationship between adaptive capacity and household actions to adapt to wildfire risk in Mount Dandenong, Australia. Here we show a weak relationship exists between adaptive capacity and adaptation, such that high adaptive capacity does not clearly result in a correspondingly high level of adaptation. Three factors appear to mediate the relationship between household adaptive capacity and adaptation: their attitude to risk, th..

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