Socioeconomics of risk management and climate adaptation

Three researchers from Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) contributed to the Working Group II (WGII) Report of the Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability community for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). They applied advanced methodologies and analytical experience to better understand trade-offs and synergies between climate policy goals.

© Sjors737 | Dreamstime © (c) Sjors737 |

© Sjors737 | Dreamstime

RPV researchers helped shift the basis in AR5 WGII for policy action on climate extremes from simple climate change adaptation to an acknowledgment of the essentiality of managing extreme event risks where climate change acts as a “threat multiplier.” RPV also contributed to ongoing deliberations on the climate change Loss and Damage Mechanism (agreed in Warsaw) and an actionable concept for dealing with potential loss and damage based on the recurrence and potential consequences of hazards.

RPV advanced methodological thinking and practice on climate policy from the perspective of vulnerability, developing multi-criteria analysis that can account for multiple values, interests, trade-offs, and synergies between climate policy goals, their likely consequences, and the development objectives of a country wishing to put into practice its climate policy plans.

Climate adaptation as risk management

Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) researchers contributed to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. AR5 emphasizes risk management as a fundamental policy response for climate change adaptation. More

Loss and damage

The Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) Program contributed to resolving the debate on formulating and shaping the Loss and Damage Mechanism, agreed at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference in 2013. More

Climate change mitigation with renewable energy

Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV) researchers in 2014 investigated the benefits of renewable energy investments, specifically large solar installations in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. More

Print this page

Last edited: 12 March 2015


Reinhard Mechler

Research Group Leader and Senior Research Scholar Systemic Risk and Resilience Research Group - Advancing Systems Analysis Program

Further information



International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313