Towards scenario representation of adaptive capacity for global climate change assessments

Marina Andrijevic, Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Tabea Lissner, Raya Muttarak, Keywan Riahi, Emily Theokritoff, Adelle Thomas, Nicole van Maanen, Edward Byers

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


Climate change adaptation needs, as well as the capacity to adapt, are unequally distributed around the world. Global models that assess the impacts of climate change and policy options to reduce them most often do not elaborately represent adaptation. When they do, they rarely account for heterogeneity in societies’ adaptive capacities and their temporal dynamics. Here we propose ways to quantify adaptive capacity within the framework of Shared Socioeconomic Pathways, a scenario set widely used by climate impact and integrated assessment models. A large set of indicators spanning different socioeconomic dimensions can be used to assess adaptive capacity and deliver adaptation-relevant, scenario-resolved information that is crucial for more realistic assessment of whether and how climate risks can be reduced by adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)778-787
JournalNature Climate Change
Early online dateJul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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