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Adaptation Methods of Communities in the Tropics

Authors: Jenna Pulice*, Pennsylvania State University Undergraduate , Michelle Ritchie*, Pennsylvania State University, Kelly Meehan*,
Topics: Human-Environment Geography, Hazards and Vulnerability, Global Change
Keywords: socio-ecological, tropics, adaptation
Session Type: Poster
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We know communities in tropical regions experience an uneven spatial distribution of climate change impacts, as seen through the variability of regional climatic hazards. However, we have yet to understand the dynamics of social-ecological systems that lead to adaptive action, nor how to increase the robustness of these processes. Current adaptation actions can prove to be (mal)adaptations in the long-term by unintentionally eroding system resilience, in part due to the marginalization of diverse vulnerable populations in adaptation decision-making. Therefore, this research aims to discover the socio-ecological factors and processes underpinning adaptive capacity using a systematic review. We evaluate how adaptation is defined and where it varies in response to local environmental and non-environmental signals, a critical part of understanding the drivers and barriers of the local adaptation efforts. Our initial results point to overarching themes regarding critical, tangible and intangible adaptation dynamics.

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