October 10, 2010

Individual Adaptation to Climate Change: The Role of Information and Perceived Risk

by Daniel Osberghaus, Elyssa Finkel and Max Pohl

- This study aims to shed light onto some of the factors supporting or hindering individual engagement in adaptation behavior, which little research has empirically investigated to date. In order to analyze behavioral change with regard to climate change, this paper takes on a broader perspective of adaptation, which can be defined as all changes an individual makes in order to adjust to a changing environment. In particular, the effect of information on the perceived risk of individuals was investigated, drawing on a psychological framework called Protection Motivation Theory.

Osberghaus, D., E. Finkel and M. Pohl (2010). "Individual Adaptation to Climate Change: The Role of Information and Perceived Risk." ZEW Discussion Paper No. 10-061, Aug 2010.