This report contributes to the theoretical framework of the Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee’s work on assessing the preparedness of the UK to meet the risks and opportunities arising from climate change. It discusses a framework for adaptation decision making, developing the major work commissioned by the UK Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Environment Agency (EA) in 2003, and examines the implications for adaptation planning across four case studies: the food sector; the water sector; flooding; and ecosystems and biodiversity. This report extends previous work on adaptation planning by providing up-to-date, comprehensive and pragmatic guidance on approaches to decision-making under deep uncertainty. It also includes new guidance on scoping the problem and identifying relevant information, interpreting uncertain projections and selecting appropriate decision-making methods.

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Ranger, N.
Millner, A.
Dietz, S.
Fankhauser, S.
Lopez, A.
Ruta, G.

Ranger, N.; Millner, A.; Dietz, S.; Fankhauser, S.; Lopez, A. and Ruta, G. (2010). Adaptation in the UK: a decision-making process. London, UK: Balesteros Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and Environment and Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

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