Climate Change Research ›› 2019, Vol. 15 ›› Issue (2): 167-177.doi: 10.12006/j.issn.1673-1719.2018.144

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Climate resilience and its implications for China

Deliang CHEN1,Da-He QIN2,3(),Cun-De XIAO4,2,Bo SU4   

  1. 1 Regional Climate Group, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg 40530, Sweden
    2 State Key Laboratory of Cryospheric Science, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000, China
    3 China Meteorological Administration, Beijing 100081, China
    4 State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
  • Received:2018-10-29 Revised:2019-01-24 Online:2019-03-30 Published:2019-03-30


With the awareness of global climate change and its possible consequences for humanity, climate resilience has become a key concept in our efforts to deal with the challenges induced by climate change. This paper describes and discusses the essences of the climate resilience concept and other existing key concepts that are closely linked to it with a focus on their interlinkages. Based on this theoretical discussion and a systematic assessment of the historical evolution of the resilience concept, a framework to implement climate resilience is presented. Although climate resilience entails different aspects for actors and priorities for different sectors and/or at different levels/scales, the generic nature of the framework should be useful for practices aiming at achieving climate resilience for different levels/scales/sectors. Finally, taking extreme climate resilience as an example, we further illustrate the application of the framework through reviewing the report entitled Resilience to Extreme Weather released by The Royal Society and analyzing the management framework of China’s response to extreme weather and climate disasters.

Key words: Resilience, Climate change, Disaster risk, Adaptation, Sustainability

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