Project planning in the future must directly address both climate change and uncertainties about it. This paper presents the use of classical decision criteria, such as maximin and minimax regret, and approaches for adapting to climate change given the uncertainties. Adaptation strategies can help reduce the effects of uncertainties by allowing for adjustments in designs as the future climate evolves, although at a cost for such future flexibility. Adding such options and evaluating them against other design options using the decision criteria can provide valuable information to decision-makers and other stakeholders during project planning. A hypothetical example of a hydroelectric project illustrates the use of these approaches.

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Colombo, Andrew F.
Byer, Philip H.

Andrew F. Colombo & Philip H. Byer (2012) Adaptation, flexibility and project decisionmaking with climate change uncertainties. In: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 30:4, 229-241, DOI: 10.1080/14615517.2012.731189

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