Policy ForumClimate Change

Hell and High Water: Practice-Relevant Adaptation Science

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Science  08 Nov 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6159, pp. 696-698
DOI: 10.1126/science.1239569

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Informing the extensive preparations needed to manage climate risks, avoid damages, and realize emerging opportunities is a grand challenge for climate change science. U.S. President Obama underscored the need for this research when he made climate preparedness a pillar of his climate policy. Adaptation improves preparedness and is one of two broad and increasingly important strategies (along with mitigation) for climate risk management. Adaptation is required in virtually all sectors of the economy and regions of the globe, for both built and natural systems (1).

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