Narrowing the gap between climate science and adaptation action: The role of boundary chains 21 October 2015

Narrowing the gap between climate science and adaptation action: The role of boundary chains

A special issue of Climate Risk Management focuses on the role that boundary organizations narrow knowledge gaps to support adaptation, but also build capacity and networks that strengthen societal resilience. For the past five years, the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences + Assessments (GLISA), NOAA’s Great Lakes RISA office, has experimented with the boundary chains concept and approach.

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