Adaptive capacity  

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Adaptive capacity relates to the capacity of systems, institutions, humans and other organisms to adjust to potential damage, to take advantage of opportunities, or to respond to consequences.

In the context of ecological systems, adaptive capacity is determined by:

In the context of coupled socio-ecological social systems, adaptive capacity is commonly associated with following characteristics:

In the context of climate change, adaptive capacity depends on the inter-relationship of social, political, economic, technological and institutional factors operating at a variety of scales. Some of these are generic, and others are exposure-specific.


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