This article investigates how different levels of vulnerability and resilience interplay with adaptation to extreme temperatures, what is the nature of these relationships and whether lower vulnerability and higher resilience contribute to increased adaptation. Proposed ways of improving adaptation to climate change have most often been supported by narrowly framed and separate analysis. This article explores the governance implications of a project that, unlike other, brings together vulnerability, resilience and adaptation assessments.
The project has made significant advances in addressing the current deficit integrated assessments for shaping governance propositions. Such propositions argue that the diverse levels of vulnerability and resilience convey important bases for:
- targeting at-risk older individuals;
- developing vulnerability reduction actions;
- resilience building actions; and
- understanding ‘success cases’ and learn from them for developing appropriate policy measures. Taken together, these propositions offer a social, psychological and health framework not simply for governing extreme temperatures but for governing responses to climate change at large.