Bringing innovation to practice in adapting to climate change.

To adapt, we need to get the fundamentals right

Houston floods

As Houston and Louisiana start the long recovery process following Hurricane Harvey, and the Caribbean and Florida brace for Hurricane Irma, I’m reminded that in order to even start thinking about adaptation we need to get the fundamentals right.

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The Adaptation Academy 2017

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For the past week we’ve welcomed participants to our 8th Adaptation Academy, in Oxford. As ever it’s a diverse group, with expertise ranging from downscaled climate modelling to community engagement and participation to national and international climate policy.

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Friends in the news: Future Hope

Steven Wilson was at the Wilson Center representing ProAdapt (which funds one of our major projects). The seminar highlighted that sustainable business might create $12 trillion in revenue by 2030. How large is the market for private sector products and services for climate resilience? This is the quite open question we are working on. 

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Ian Burton on Downing Street

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Nice to catch up with Ian Burton at the ECCA 2017 in Glasgow last week. Ian might be described as Sir (all hail!), Don (from his mafia days) or Saint (revered). I was mentored by Gilbert White and Bob Kates, and then worked with Ian on various disruptive frameworks (remember the Adaptation Policy Framework? Still cited in Google Scholar!). BKW were known back in the day as the innovative inspiration for a generation or two of work on natural hazards. I'll settle for friend and inspiration for a label.

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weADAPT is 10!


In previous lives both Tom and I were involved in founding weADAPT, which is run by our friends down the road at SEI Oxford. Amazingly, weADAPT is now celebrating 10 years as an online platform for sharing knowledge, tools and case studies around climate adaptation!

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