The paper presents six dimensions in which the inherent characteristics of institutions to stimulate the capacity of society to adapt to climate change from local through to national level can be assessed: Variety, learning capacity, room for autonomous change, leadership, availability of resources and fair governance that, together with their 22 criteria form the Adaptive Capacity Wheel.

Aim of the resource: 
<p>This wheel can help academics and social actors to assess if institutions stimulate the adaptive capacity of society to respond to climate change, and to focus on whether and how institutions need to be redesigned. The Adaptive Capacity Wheel furthermore could be expanded for use with respect to assessing the capacity to deal with other long-term unstructured problems. </p>
Scale of application: 
Practical information
Development stage: 
Full, working product
Contact details
Contact Name (Person or group/organization): 
Emmy Bergsma, Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1087, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone number: 
+31 20 59 88690