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Advancing transdisciplinary adaptation research practice

Transdisciplinary research is increasingly seen as critical for advancing climate change adaptation. Operationalizing transdisciplinary research in the global South, however, confronts ingrained cultural and systemic barriers to participatory research.

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Fig. 1: Inundation of the waterfront on a sunny day in Santos, São Paulo.

Santos Civil Defence.


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M.D.F., F.A.M. and G.M.D.G. acknowledge funding from FAPESP – São Paulo Research Foundation (proc. 2018/21362-1, proc. 2018/21249-0 and proc. 2017/50423-6). G.M.D.G. acknowledges funding from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development - CNPq (441267/2020-3 and 311503/2020-9).

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S.S-N., F.A.M., M.D.F. and G.M.D.G. developed the ideas for this Comment. F.A.M. and M.D.F. collated authors’ experiences from their research projects. S.S-N., F.A.M., M.D.F. and G.M.D.G. drafted the manuscript. All authors contributed to the editing and reviewing of the manuscript.

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Serrao-Neumann, S., Moreira, F.d.A., Dalla Fontana, M. et al. Advancing transdisciplinary adaptation research practice. Nat. Clim. Chang. 11, 1006–1008 (2021).

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