The ability of a social or ecological system to absorb disturbances while retaining the same basic structure and ways of functioning, the capacity for self-organisation, and the capacity to adapt to stress and change.
One of the aims of adaptation should be to improve resilience to climate change. Building climatic resilience involves minimising exposure to risks, reducing the consequences of the resulting impacts, and/or facilitating earlier and less costly recovery following exposure. The probabilistic nature of the UKCP09 projections provides greater transparency about uncertainties, and encourages more robust decisions to be made; that is, decisions which increase resilience for a range of potential climate outcomes.
Find out more
- UKCIP's list of Principles of Good Adaptation
- Identifying Adaptation Options UKCIP guidance note