Adapting to Climate Change


  • Facilitate wide-ranging academic discussions to identify opportunities for cutting edge collaborative research in the science of adapting to climate change (ACC). These discussions should be directed toward identifying key deficiencies in the current understanding of ACC and addressing those deficiencies as well as creating the knowledge basis to influence relevant policy.
  • Provide a forum for existing WUN collaborations relevant to ACC to plan for future activities.
  • Provide a forum for WUN researchers in different collaborations relevant to ACC to learn from each other and develop inter-collaboration ties that will lead to sustained multidisciplinary research efforts.
  • Provide the basis for fully developing the WUN Global Challenge concept in preparation for the WUN Annual General Meeting 26-27 May, 2010.
  • Provide important input to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as it begins to lay the groundwork for the Fifth Assessment Report.

Meeting Topics:

WUN member institutions research covers a wide range of subjects relevant to ACC including: public health, food security, poverty, environmental risk, water security, and environmental justice, among others. This workshop will cover those topics with an emphasis on understanding and facilitating adaptive capacity to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change. Areas of particular interest include:

  • Learning from past climatic extremes to inform adaptation strategies, both short term and long term
  • Technological and scientific advances to facilitate adaptation
  • Projecting regional and local climates for adaptation strategies
  • Ethical and political dimensions of adaptation strategies
  • Projecting economic, ecological, and other outcomes of adaptive strategies at multiple scales
  • Communication strategies on climate and uncertainty, merging scientific and traditional knowledge
  • Livelihood resilience and human security in both developed and developing countries subject to climate change

Associated Research Groups