Explaining and overcoming barriers to climate change adaptation

K. Eisenack, S.C. Moser, E. Hoffmann, R.J.T. Klein, C. Oberlack, A. Pechan, M. Rotter, C.J.A.M. Termeer

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The concept of barriers is increasingly used to describe the obstacles that hinder the planning and implementation of climate change adaptation. The growing literature on barriers to adaptation reveals not only commonly reported barriers, but also conflicting evidence, and few explanations of why barriers exist and change. There is thus a need for research that focuses on the interdependencies between barriers and considers the dynamic ways in which barriers develop and persist. Such research, which would be actor-centred and comparative, would help to explain barriers to adaptation and provide insights into how to overcome them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)867-872
JournalNature Climate Change
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • climatic change
  • climate adaptation
  • governance
  • environmental policy
  • adaptive capacity
  • local-government
  • water sector
  • flood risk
  • policy
  • framework
  • limits
  • organizations
  • vulnerability

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