Big data has big potential for applications to climate change adaptation

In this publication, ND-GAIN collaborates with McGill University, Wageningen University, Yale University, and International Institute for Sustainable Development to examine how “big data” can inform adaptation research and decision-making. The paper also outlines what’s needed from the adaptation community to maximize the capacity to collect and analyze massive amounts of data in the climate change field. 

Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Big data has big potential for applications to climate change adaptation

ABSTRACT:

The capacity to collect and analyze massive amounts of data is transforming research in the natural and social sciences. And yet, the climate change adaptation community has largely overlooked these developments. Here, we examine how “big data” can inform adaptation research and decision-making and outline what’s needed from the adaptation community to maximize this opportunity. We contend that careful application of big data could revolutionize our understanding of how to manage the risks of climate change.

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