Adaptation and Social Learning (ASL)

Research line leader: Jochen Hinkel

Goal of the process

Support climate change adaptation through the analysis of actors, networks, institutions, decisions, risks and opportunities involved in the process of adaptation.

Major findings

  • Adaptation is a continuous learning process between actors and institutions at all levels of decision making.
  • In many cases adaptation involves collective action and overcoming social dilemma .
  • Advancing adaptation research needs a more precise and differentiated language than currently in use.
  • Coastal populations are threatened by both climate-induced sea-level as well as ongoing coastal development, urbanization and coastward migration.
  • On a global level, adapting to sea-level rise by building dikes is cheaper than the cost of inaction.

Past projects


Integration of climate variability and change into national strategies for the implementation of the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean


Green growth and win-win strategies for sustainable climate action


Quantifying projected impacts under 2°C of warming


Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project


Methodology for effective decision making on impacts and adaptation


Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation


Responses to coastal climate change: Innovative Strategies for high End Scenarios -Adaptation and Mitigation-

SEASCApe Baltic

SEA-level rise, Storm surges, and Coastal Adaptation at the German Baltic Sea coast