Knowledge as a determinant of adaptive capacity

A recent article in Nature Climate Change argues that adaptive capacity – the ability of an entity to adapt to the likely effects of climate change – may be significantly determined by knowledge, defined as interpreting and organising information. Understanding adaptive capacity and how it is formed is considered critical, because it is necessary to create effective adaptation action. The authors conclude that developing even a rough measure of knowledge (e.g. quality, origin) will help to assess adaptive capacity and thus contribute to more effective adaptation strategies.