Extreme weather exposure and support for climate change adaptation

Aaron Ray, Llewelyn Hughes*, David M. Konisky, Charles Kaylor

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    Policy efforts to address climate change are increasingly focused on adaptation, understood as adjustments in human systems to moderate the harm, or exploit beneficial opportunities, related to actual or expected climate impacts. We examine individual-level determinants of support for climate adaptation policies, focusing on whether individuals’ exposure to extreme weather events is associated with their support for climate adaptation policies. Using novel public opinion data on support for a range of adaptation policies, coupled with high resolution geographic data on extreme weather events, we find that individuals experiencing recent extreme weather activity are more likely to support climate change adaptation policy in general, but that the relationship is modest, inconsistent across specific adaptation policies, and diminishes with time. The data thus suggest that experiencing more severe weather may not appreciably increase support for climate adaptation policies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)104-113
    Number of pages10
    JournalGlobal Environmental Change
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017


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