This Working Group aimed to promote research that will contribute to a better understanding of adaptation to climate change as an interactive process involving scientists, planners, policy makers and legislators, and various sectors of the economy; with a particular focus on vulnerable coastal zones.
The wider Caribbean was identified as an initial region for a case study to be sponsored by the European Climate Forum (ECF). A pathfinder workshop at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impacts Research (PIK) from 8 to 10 May 2006 was attended by scientists from QUEST, PIK, ECF, the Caribbean Community Centre for Climate Change (Belize), and the NOAA-funded Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments programme, as well as representatives of NGOs, the International Red Cross, the World Bank and the insurance sector. A core group, consisting of Kris Eby (Factor Consulting), Armin Haas (PIK) and Wolfgang Knorr (QUEST), is working on a synthesis paper summarizing lessons from adaptation initiative in the UK and US, and how they could be applied to the specific circumstances of the Caribbean.
A second workshop is planned, to be organized jointly with the IGBP project Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone (LOICZ). The future direction of the working group is under review. Topics to be considered include Bayesian approaches to handling climate change-related risks.
Leaders: Wolfgang Knorr, Sarah Cornell
Other UK links: Tyndall Centre
Products: Synthesis paper on climate adaptation in the Caribbean