Climate Adaptation in Asia: Knowledge Gaps and Research Issues in China

Authors: Chinese Academy of Sciences; Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research; Linxiu Zhang; Renfu Luo; Hongmei Yi; Steven Tyler

DFID (UK) and IDRC (Canada) were considering support for a program of applied research on climate adaptation in Asia. In preparation for that program, they had commissioned a study of climate change adaptation research knowledge and capacity gaps in Asia. Our task in this study was to identify adaptation research issues that were likely to affect large numbers of vulnerable people, and addressed substantial gaps in knowledge or were under-represented in other research efforts. This document summarizes the conclusions of the study team in China. The study focuses on adaptation issues among the most vulnerable groups in regions likely to face the greatest stress from climate change. The conceptual framework acknowledges the high uncertainties around climate change impact prediction, and the difficulty of assessing important but indirect effects of climate change on the livelihoods and living conditions of vulnerable social groups.


Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geographic Sciences Natural Resources Research, Zhang, L., Luo, R., Yi, H., & Tyler, S. (2008). Climate adaptation in Asia: Knowledge gaps and research issues in China. Kathmandu, Nepal: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Boulder, & Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal.

Funded By:

UK Department for International Development (DFID); International Development Research Centre (IDRC)


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