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The definitions below refer to Adaptation to Climate Change.


European Definitions

RESIN project

The RESIN project [1] gives the following definition:

Events and trends, often not climate-related, that have an important effect on the system exposed and can increase … climate related risk. [2]

Other International Definitions

National Definitions

Standard Definition

Discussion Topic

This is a discussion on the various definitions listed above. In the RESIN project, the term stressor relates to non-climatic drivers of change on a system.

See also


  2. Oppenheimer, M., M. Campos, R. Warren, J. Birkmann, G. Luber, B.C. O’Neill, and K. Takahashi, 2014: Emergent risks and key vulnerabilities. In: Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Field, C.B., V.R. Barros, D.J. Dokken, K.J. Mach, M.D. Mastrandrea, T.E. Bilir, M. Chatterjee, K.L. Ebi, Y.O. Estrada, R.C. Genova, B. Girma, E.S. Kissel, A.N. Levy, S. MacCracken, P.R. Mastrandrea, and L.L. White (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, pp. 1039-1099.