What is Adapt-Med ?


Adapt-med is a research project that questions: Is current decision making “adapted to internalize adaptation” into policy making ?


A social science perspective

Adapt-Med focuses on the main factors that affect the capacity of decision making to effectively internalise adaptation to climate change, negatively and positively. It then derives recommendations for adapting components of decision making so adaptation can be better accounted for in today’s decision making.


In the last decade, many assessments of the impacts of global and climate change in the coastal zones have been undertaken. However, such assessments have rarely been connected to decision making on adaption strategies, often because of the uncertainties associated to climate change impacts.


While generic methods to inform decision making exist, they have rarely been set up at regional and local scales. In addition, adaptation being trans-sectorial, there is a need to better demonstrate how such measures can be taken within the existing regulation on development, risk prevention and land use planning.  


Adapt-med will investigate how adapation is currently being practice in the 3 case studies and how changes in undertsanding, perception and values can result in changes in climate change adaptation decisions.

Vulnerabilities of coastal Mediterranean areas

The topic “Water and Adaptation to Climate Change from a natural and social science perspective in coastal Mediterranean areas” highlights the role and importance of water for human life, nature and the economy, and the societal challenges emerging from climate change to protect our water resources and ecosystem services.

What's new ?

The ADAPT-MED workshops for the Portuguese case study were held on the 17th of March and on the 8th of May 2015

Filipe Neto Brandão - member of the Portuguese Parliament from Aveiro – asks the Environment and Agriculture Ministers when the tidal defence works will start in Baixo Vouga Lagunar

The ADAPT-MED online survey on the perception of adaptation to climate change is now available !

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