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Research in RD2 Climate Resilience

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Research on Climate Resilience is embedded in the overall PIK strategy. Climate impacts will affect the ability of societies to stay within the Planetary Boundaries, e.g. regarding sustainable freshwater use, land system change or biosphere integrity. Climate impacts will also provide new challenges for managing the Global Commons, like land, water and forests. Effective adaptation measures at different scales have to be assessed in the context of long-term transformation pathways, integrating climate impacts, adaptation and mitigation.

Working groups

Foto: Stephen Morrison © epa Stephen Morrison Climate Change and Health: Assessment of a range of climate impacts on human health, including adaptation options at different scales.

Land Use and Resilience Land Use and Resilience: Study of drivers, feedbacks, and impacts of climate-resilient land use change. This is done in close cooperation with the Land Use Management group in RD3.

  Adaptation in Agricultural Systems Adaptation in Agricultural Systems: Development of an agricultural forecasting approach which provides information about crop yields and harvest levels. Study of the economic implications of climate change, e.g. related to food security, public health, and rural poverty.

Forest and Ecosystem Resilience Forest and Ecosystem Resilience: Investigatinghow changing forest productivity, disturbances and management interact and influence forest resilience and the contribution of forests to a growing bioeconomy.

Hydroclimatic Risks Hydroclimatic Risks: Cross-sectoral regional impact assessments to analyze sectoral feedbacks and conflicts, to support adaptation planning, and to improve societal resilience.

Urban Transformations Urban Transformations: Implementation of innovative models on urban development to understand future transformations of cities, with a focus on resilience to climate change and sustainable urban livelihoods.


FutureLab Inequality, Human Well-Being and Development

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