Climate Change Adaptation as an Idea and a Practice

  • Leigh Glover
  • Mikael GranbergEmail author


In this chapter, we provide a general description of climate change adaptation as an idea and a set of practices. It begins with an account of the changing perspectives of adaptation and an overview of key aspects, including sectors of most activity, goals, measures and barriers. The relationship to two related discourses, namely disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, is examined and the influence on adaptation is discussed. Three adaptation frameworks are identified and discussed: Resilience, Transition and Transformation. A critical review is undertaken of the resilience framework and the issue of whether or not it constitutes a means to continue the status quo is examined in a political context. These materials provide a foundation for the examination of emerging political influences on adaptation in the following chapter.


Adaptation Resilience Transformation Transition Disaster risk Sustainable development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Centre for Societal Risk ResearchKarlstad UniversityKarlstadSweden
  2. 2.The Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS)Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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