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The dangers of disaster-driven responses to climate change

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Low-probability, high-consequence climate change events are likely to trigger management responses that are based on the demand for immediate action from those affected. However, these responses may be inefficient and even maladaptive in the long term.

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Acknowledgements

We thank C. Diamond and L. Wolf for their assistance. This work was supported by NSF Hazards SEES: Land Management Strategies for Confronting Risks and Consequences of Wildfire (EAR-1520847), a grant from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and the Strategic Environmental Research Initiative at the Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara. It was also supported by the Hoover Institution at Stanford University Adaptation to Climate Change Workshop, where we received thoughtful comments. We appreciate feedback from the University of Colorado Boulder Climate Conference, S. Stevenson, M. Burgess and S. Jasechko.

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  1. Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    • Sarah E. Anderson
    • , Max A. Moritz
    • , Andrew J. Plantinga
    •  & Christina L. Tague
  2. Earth Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    • Ryan R. Bart
    •  & Andrew J. MacDonald
  3. Sierra Nevada Research Institute, University of California, Merced, CA, USA

    • Ryan R. Bart
  4. School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, USA

    • Maureen C. Kennedy
  5. Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

    • Andrew J. MacDonald
  6. University of California Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources Division, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    • Max A. Moritz
  7. Department of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    • Matthew Wibbenmeyer

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All authors conceived of the work. M.W. analysed the data. All authors drafted and revised the paper.

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