Creative adaptation

Climate change requires society to think differently about our relationship with the natural and built environments, and how we live. Our community will need to find creative solutions to the challenges that arise from climate change. This could mean new ways of understanding systems, different approaches to doing business or new ways to tackle emerging problems.

UKCIP’s reputation for innovative, practical thinking on climate adaptation issues has led to new research priorities, approaches, tools and ways of working. Overcoming barriers to effective adaptation is central to our thinking .

Our current research into creative adaptation falls into the a number of themes:

Adaptation monitoring & evaluation

Learning is critical for good adaptation; knowing what works, where and why is vital. UKCIP is at the forefront of thinking on adaptation M&E – our AdaptME Toolkit has generated interest from across the world. AdaptME links to the monitoring and evaluation stage of our decision-making tool, the Adaptation Wizard.

We are working with a range of partners to support more effective adaptation M&E, including the SEA Change (an Asian Community of Practice for monitoring and evaluation of climate change interventions), the World Resource Institute and the UK Adaptation Sub-Committee. Our staff have participated in events such as the DFID/GIZ-funded ‘Tracking Successful Adaptation event’ in Bonn in 2012 and the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee workshop on monitoring and evaluation of adaptation in 2013.

Showcasing adaptation innovation

UKCIP has provided practical examples of how to build adaptive capacity and implement adaptation actions for over 10 years, and was a partner in the development of the Adaptation Inspiration Book launched by the Circle 2 research network in 2013.

Our database of case studies is available online – if you have a case study you would like to share, please do get in touch.

Transformational adaptation

We begun to explore how the concept of transformational adaptation might help us think differently about the adaptation decisions we make, and how the concept might be translated into meaningful action.

Understanding interdependencies

Complex human and natural systems make it difficult to be sure how changes to one part of the system will affect other activities. Critical infrastructure systems depend on each other: water for cooling and cleaning, energy for processes and systems, IT for automation and monitoring, transport for supplies and people. Our society is highly-dependent on the services provided by our infrastructure.

Our work with ARCC projects tries to identify the interdependencies and links, and how we might ensure that these are robust to a changing climate.