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The Interaction of Climate and Society

Created: 8/09/2013 - Updated: 8/14/2019


Climate impact assessment is one of a family of interdisciplinary studies that focus on the interaction between nature and society or the study of the human environment. As such it must draw upon theory, methods, and research findings from all the great domains of science: physical, biological, and social-behavioral. While hyphenated science (such as bio-physical, socio-biological) is common along the research frontier, integration of the three domains is rare. Although integration is necessary for nature-society problems, it poses a special challenge to science and scientific workers: to integrate their theory and methods with those of neighboring domains in ways that maintain the common ethos of scientific method.

Published On

Wednesday, May 15, 1985


Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Capacity Building
Conduct / Gather additional research, data, and products
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies