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The relative importance of subjective and structural factors for individual adaptation to climate change by forest owners in Sweden

Vulturius, Gregor; André, Karin; Swartling, Åsa Gerger; Brown, Calum ORCID iD icon 1; Rounsevell, Mark D. A. 1; Blanco, Victor
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


A growing body of literature argues that subjective factors can more accurately explain individual adaptation to climate change than objective measurers of adaptive capacity. Recent studies have shown that personal belief in climate change and affect are much better in explaining climate awareness and action than income, education or gender. This study focuses on the process of individual adaptation to climate change. It assesses and compares the influence of cognitive, experiential and structural factors on individuals’ views and intentions regarding climate change adaptation. Data from this study comes from a survey with 836 forest owners in Sweden. Ordinal and binary logistic regression was used to test hypotheses about the different factors. Results show that cognitive factors—namely personal level of trust in climate science, belief in the salience of climate change and risk assessment—are the only statistically significant factors that can directly explain individuals’ intention to adapt to climate change and their sense of urgency. Findings also suggest that structural or socio-demographic factors do not have a statistically significant influence on adaptation decision-making among Swedish forest owners. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000075383
Veröffentlicht am 06.02.2018
DOI: 10.1007/s10113-017-1218-1
Zitationen: 33
Web of Science
Zitationen: 32
Zitationen: 32
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1436-378X, 1436-3798
KITopen-ID: 1000075383
HGF-Programm 12.02.02 (POF III, LK 01) Vegetation climate- and land use system
Erschienen in Regional environmental change
Verlag Springer
Seiten 1-10
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 19.09.2017
Schlagwörter Climate change; Adaptation; Decision-making; Forestry; Communication
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
Web of Science
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