Climate change impacts: accounting for the human response


Journal Article


Oppenheimer, Michael


Climate change impacts: accounting for the human response




Climatic Change

Vol (No), pp

117(3), 439-449


The assessment of potential impacts of climate change is progressing from taxonomies and enumeration of the magnitude of potential direct effects on individuals, societies, species, and ecosystems according to a limited number of metrics toward a more integrated approach that also encompasses the vast range of human response to experience and risk. Recent advances are both conceptual and methodological, and include analysis of some consequences of climate change that were heretofore intractable. In this article, I review a selection of these developments and represent them through a handful of illustrative cases. A key characteristic of the emerging areas of interest is a focus on understanding how human responses to direct impacts of climate change may cause important indirect and sometimes distant impacts. This realization underscores the need to develop integrated approaches for assessing and modeling impacts in an evolving socioeconomic and policy context.


Oppenheimer, M. (2013). Climate change impacts: accounting for the human response. Climatic Change, 117(3), 439-449. URL :