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Climate Change, Vulnerability, and Adaptation

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Different human-environment systems respond differentially to the influence of climate changes, policy changes, and other interacting factors; some are more likely to suffer harm than are others.  Our research team has focused on developing frameworks for vulnerability analyses in agricultural and coastal environments, in developing measures and metrics that allow identification of those areas most vulnerable.  Matson has also recently led a National Research Council effort on the topic of climate science for responding to the risks of climate change:

Publications

National Research Council of the National Academies Committee (Matson, co-chair). 2010. America's Climate Choices: Advancing the Science of Climate Change. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

K. Jacobs, L. Lebel, J. Buizer, L. Addams, P. Matson, E. McCullough, P. Garden, G. Saliba, and T. Finan. 2010. "Linking knowledge with action in the pursuit of sustainable water-resource management." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0813125107

Turner, B.L., R.E. Kasperson, P.A. Matson, J.J. McCarthy, R.W. Corell, L. Christensen, N. Eckley, J.X. Kasperson, A. Luers, M.L. Martello, C. Polsky, A. Pulsipher, and A. Schiller. 2003. "A framework for vulnerability analysis in sustainability sciences." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100(14): 8074-8079.   doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1231335100

Turner, B.L., P.A. Matson, J.J. McCarthy, R.W. Corell, L. Christensen, N. Eckley, G.K. Hovelsrud-Broda, J.X. Kasperson, R.E. Kasperson, A. Luers, M.L. Martello, S. Mathiesen, R. Naylor, C. Polsky, A. Pulsipher, A. Schiller, H. Selin and N. Tyler. 2003. "Illustrating the coupled human-environment system for vulnerability analysis: Three case studies." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 100(14): 8080-8085. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1231334100