Climate risk perceptions and adaptation decision-making at Nordic farm scale – a typology of risk responses

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Käyhkö , J 2019 , ' Climate risk perceptions and adaptation decision-making at Nordic farm scale – a typology of risk responses ' , International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability , vol. 17 , no. 6 , pp. 431-444 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14735903.2019.1689062

Title: Climate risk perceptions and adaptation decision-making at Nordic farm scale – a typology of risk responses
Author: Käyhkö, Janina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Urban Environmental Policy
Date: 2019-11-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability
ISSN: 1473-5903
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/321998
Abstract: Agriculture in the Nordic countries is a sector, where farmers are facing climatic challenges first-hand with little policy guidance on climate change adaptation or climate risk management. Adaptation practices emerging at the farm scale have potentially harmful outcomes that can erode the agricultural sustainability. So far, farm scale decision-making on adaptation measures is scarcely studied, and a thorough assessment of risk perceptions underlying adaptation decision-making is required in the Nordic context to inform adaptation policy planning. In this qualitative case study, the climate risk perceptions of Nordic farmers and agricultural extension officers are examined. As a result, a typology of risk responses is presented, showing three dominant patterns within highly dynamic and contextual adaptation processes at farm scale: risk aversive, opportunity-seeking and experimental. The typology represents the variation within adaptation processes that further stress the need for participatory adaptation policy development in agriculture.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
5200 Other social sciences
AGRICULTURE
Climate change risk
FOREST OWNERS
FRAMEWORK
INDIVIDUAL ADAPTATION
INTENSIFICATION
MEKONG DELTA
Nordic agriculture
POLICY
SCIENCE
VARIABILITY
VULNERABILITY
adaptation
farmer
risk management
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