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Ranking Climate Change Adaptation Options

Version 1 : Received: 22 October 2020 / Approved: 23 October 2020 / Online: 23 October 2020 (10:26:10 CEST)

How to cite: Sinay, L.; Carter, R.W.(. Ranking Climate Change Adaptation Options. Preprints 2020, 2020100479 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0479.v1). Sinay, L.; Carter, R.W.(. Ranking Climate Change Adaptation Options. Preprints 2020, 2020100479 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202010.0479.v1).

Abstract

Failure to adapt to climate change is currently considered one of the major threats affecting humanity. Hence, much effort is being put into discussing adaptation approaches. While many adaptation options have been identified, the academic literature does not present a simple process that local councils and community members can use to rank adaptation options. In this context, community members participating on planning processes are presented with many adaptation options, but with no objective approach for selection, which adds challenge to the planning process. With the objective of addressing this issue, this work proposes a simple equation that allows calculating the applicability level of adaptation options. Results can then be plotted into graphs that allow correlating adaptation options and applicability level, which can be easily understood by community members. To develop such equation, this work built on existing sophisticated models from where the indicators used on the equation were identified, as well as the relationship between them. A scale was proposed to help on identifying adaptation options that should be implemented on the short, medium and long term, and options that should only be implemented if the circumstance change.

Subject Areas

climate change; adaptation options; raking system; applicability level

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