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Understanding Climate Adaptation Cultures in Global Context: Proposal for an Explanatory Framework

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Department "Dynamics of Communication, Knowledge and Spatial Development", Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space (IRS), Erkner 15537, Germany
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Department of Political Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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International Migration Institute, The University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3TB, UK
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Institute of Regional Science (IfR), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe 76131, Germany
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Academic Editor: Yang Zhang
Climate 2016, 4(4), 59; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli4040059
Received: 30 September 2016 / Revised: 24 November 2016 / Accepted: 2 December 2016 / Published: 9 December 2016
This paper aims at enhancing the previously formulated culture-theoretical explanation of risk-related perception and action with ecological and institutional connectedness. This is needed for global comparison of adaptation cultures as well as transferability of local knowledge. Differences in climate-related patterns of knowledge will therefore be explained by common patterns of socially shared knowledge in relation to ecological and institutional transformation. This will be done by combining a cultural-knowledge approach with different social-ecological and institutional contexts. Changes in knowledge development as well as in adaptation practices will be described by state-and-transition. The proposed approach combines the culture-theoretical explanation of Values-Beliefs-Identities (VBI) and socio-ecological as well as institutional approach of the state-and-transition model. View Full-Text
Keywords: adaptation culture; Value-Belief-Identities (VBI); state-and-transition; European coastal areas; Bangladesh; climate knowledge adaptation culture; Value-Belief-Identities (VBI); state-and-transition; European coastal areas; Bangladesh; climate knowledge
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Heimann, T.; Mallick, B. Understanding Climate Adaptation Cultures in Global Context: Proposal for an Explanatory Framework. Climate 2016, 4, 59.

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