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The role of adaptation in responding to climate change has shifted dramatically over time. For many years adaptation was discounted as a distraction from efforts to mitigate climate change. At the other end of the spectrum is Rex Tillerson’s famous quote:


There is no doubt that adaptation to climate change is necessary, regardless of efforts to mitigate climate change. That’s because climate change is already happening. But there are still many questions regarding how adaptation and mitigation will or will not complement each other going forward. Some of the key questions include:

  • Can adaptation keep up with accelerating climate change?
  • Can adaptation keep up with “worst case” climate change?
  • How fast could sea levels rise?
  • What are the key physical risks of climate change?
  • What are the right climate scenarios for thinking about adaptation?
  • What are “exceedance curves” and why are they helpful?
  • Is adaptation an option for systemic risks?
  • What is the “Deep Adaptation” movement?

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All of this information and much more gets pulled together into the “story” of adapting to climate change, representing hundreds of hours of research and knowledge curation. Topics you’ll find explored in the Premium Roadmap include:

  • Bounding the speed and magnitude of potential SLR
  • The Deep Adaptation movement
  • Accelerating climate change
  • Worst case climate change
  • Physical climate risks
  • Adaptation limits overview
  • Climate scenarios for adaptation
  • Systemic risk and adaptation

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