ARCHIVE: Understanding adaptation
Changing our behaviour to respond to the impacts of climate change is known as 'adaptation'.
Adaptation to climate change involves making decisions that are sustainable, made at the right time, maximising the benefits and minimising the costs.
Adaptation needs to be built into planning and risk management now to ensure the continued and improved success of businesses, Government policies and social operations.
Global average temperatures have risen by nearly 0.8 degrees �C since the late 19th Century, and are now rising at about 0.2 degrees �C per decade. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) suggests that global temperatures may rise by between 1.1 and 6.4 degrees by 2100 compared to 1990 levels.
The potential consequences of temperature increases across the globe would be significant and are summarised in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. This report explains that nearly all regions in Europe are anticipated to be negatively affected by some future impacts of climate change, including:
- increased risk of inland flash floods
- more frequent coastal flooding
- increased erosion due to storminess and rises in sea level
In this section...
- Read about 'adaptation' and possible approaches
- Discover what the impacts of climate change might be in the UK
- The UK Climate Impacts Programme - an advisory service on adaptation
- Learn how the Government will assess the potential risks
- The economics of adaptation and what this means for Government action
- Research on adaptation
Page last modified: 1 February 2010
Page published: 24 July 2008