Richard Klein

Senior Research Fellow, Professor

Richard Klein is an internationally leading expert on the science and policy of adaptation to climate change, with more than 25 years of experience in original research, science assessment and policy advice. Much of his recent work has addressed the role of adaptation in the design and implementation of a global climate policy agreement, but he also studies societal and institutional challenges to adaptation and to the provision and use of climate services. He has led a range of large international collaborative research and capacity-building projects and programmes, and has advised governments, international agencies, civil-society organisations and private firms.

Richard joined the Stockholm Environment Institute in 2006 to assume global leadership for developing and implementing the institute’s research strategy on climate-related issues. In 2010 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Geography, Climate Policy and Development at Linköping University. Since 2018 Richard has served as Director of Science and Innovation of the newly established Global Center on Adaptation, and as Co-Director of Research of the Global Commission on Adaptation. He also co-chairs the Science Committee of the World Adaptation Science Programme. In 2016 Richard received the prestigious Burtoni Award in recognition of his work on climate change adaptation and communication.

 

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Linking Mitigation and Adaptation

This is a GIZ discussion paper prepared for UNFCCC COP24 in Katowice, summarising early findings from research on the potential of mitigation–adaptation linkages in long-term climate strategies.

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Meeting the global challenge of adaptation by addressing transboundary climate risk

This brief from SEI, IDDRI and ODI finds that a transboundary view of climate risk creates opportunities for international cooperation on adaptation.

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What roles could private actors play in agricultural adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa?

This study examines proposals for 197 projects to determine the diversity of agricultural adaptation options available and to what extent private actors are involved with them in sub-Saharan Africa

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Potential applications of subseasonal-to-seasonal (S2S) predictions

This article shares the first comprehensive review of sectoral applications of S2S predictions, highlighting the opportunities and challenges facing their uptake.

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Supporting NAP development with the PROVIA Guidance

This brochure explains how the PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change can be used to better understand key concepts and available methods and...

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PROVIA Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change

This guidance provides clear technical guidance on climate change vulnerability, impacts and adaptation at the local, national and international levels, in both developed and developing countries.

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Richard is a member of the following Themes, Networks or Projects

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Climate Finance

This theme focuses on how to ensure that climate finance serves to achieve meaningful, long-term change in economic and social development trajectories, particularly for developing countries.
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