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Limits to adaptation

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An actor-centered, risk-based approach to defining limits to social adaptation provides a useful analytic framing for identifying and anticipating these limits and informing debates over society's responses to climate change.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Mozaharul Alam, Habiba Gitay, Susanne Moser, James Thurlow, and Koko Warner for their constructive comments.

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  1. Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, Callcott Building 709 Bull Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208, USA

    • Kirstin Dow
  2. Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University, De Boelelaan 1085, Amsterdam, 1081HV, Netherlands

    • Frans Berkhout
  3. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, One Bethel Valley Road, PO Box 2800, MS-6301, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6301, USA

    • Benjamin L. Preston
  4. Stockholm Environment Institute, Kräftriket 2B, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden

    • Richard J. T. Klein
  5. Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research and Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University, Sweden

    • Richard J. T. Klein
  6. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Kirstenbosch, P/Bag x7, Claremont 7735, Cape Town, South Africa

    • Guy Midgley
  7. School of Agricultural, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, P/Bag x101, Scottsville 3209, South Africa

    • M. Rebecca Shaw
  8. Environmental Defense Fund, 123 Mission St, 28th Floor, San Francisco, California 94105, USA

    • M. Rebecca Shaw

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