PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2011, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (9): 1088-1098.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2011.09.003

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Review on Adaptation in the Perspective of Global Change

CUI Shenghui1,2, LI Xuanqi1,2, LI YANG1,2, LI Fangyi1,2, HUANG Jing1,2,3   

  1. 1. Key Lab of Urban Environment and Health, Institute of Urban Environment, CAS, Xiamen 361021, China;
    2. Xiamen Key Lab of Urban Metabolism, Xiamen 361021, China;
    3. Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085, China
  • Received:2010-09-01 Revised:2011-01-01 Online:2011-09-25 Published:2011-09-25

Abstract: The study on adaptation attracts much attention in the field of global change. Based on the concepts of adaptation, this paper concluded scientific meanings of adaptation and the approaches to study adaptation. As listed below, there are three approaches to study adaption: (1) in the perspective of sensitivity-vulnerability-adaptation, (2) in the perspective of adaptive capacity-resilience-vulnerability, and (3) in the perspective of of resilience- vulnerability-adaptation. Furthermore, this paper also discussed how to take the study of adaptation into practice and provided several examples. Finally, the aim and focal points of the study on adaption were discussed in this paper.

Key words: adaptation, adaptive capacity, global change