Book Chapter

The limits to adaptation: a comparative analysis

Jon Barnett, Jean P Palutikof

APPLIED STUDIES IN CLIMATE ADAPTATION | JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

This chapter explores six case studies of climate change impacts in Australia, the scope and opportunity for adaptation, the possibility that limits to adaptation exist and their nature and causes. It reports on a series of six linked research projects which investigated the possibilities of, and limits to, adaptation. The six case studies were selected purposefully. The first key finding is that adaptation goals can best be met through portfolios of adaptation strategies. The second key finding is that some barriers to adaptation are de facto limits. The third key finding is that socio-economic limits to adaptation may arise from processes that are distant in space and time. The fourth key ..

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