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MPPACC (Model of Private Proactive Adaptation to Climate Change)
Description

The Model of Private Proactive Adaptation to Climate Change (MPPACC) is a psychological model, which helps to understand the psychological determinants of individual adaptation behavior. MPPACC separates out the psychological steps to taking action in response to climate change, and allows one to see where the most important bottlenecks occur—including risk perception and perceived adaptive capacity.

Appropriate Use

MPPACC mainly qualifies as a theoretical model, which helps to address the important determinants of individual adaptive behavior in campaigns that have the objective to foster individual adaptation behavior. In taking actions to promote particular adaptations, it would be worthwhile for policy makers to focus on the cognitive barriers mentioned in MPPACC.

In addition, MPPACC can offer predictive power to the task of assessing individual adaptive capacity (i.e., the probability of individual adaptation behavior) by measuring the psychological determinants of adaptation behavior through surveys (e.g., by asking people for their perceived ability to avoid damage from climate change impacts). MPPACC is not a tool to assess climate change impacts or vulnerability.

Scope MPPACC can be applied worldwide, but individual determinants of adaptation behavior vary from culture to culture. Therefore, in most cases MPPACC has to be checked for cultural adequacy.
Key Output MPPACC is an analytical tool to understand the determinants of individual adaptation behavior.
Key Input When MPPACC is used as a theoretical tool to understand the determinants of individual adaptation behavior there are no data required.
Ease of Use Easy to use
Training Required No training is required
Training Available No training is required
Computer Requirements None
Documentation Grothmann, T. and A. Patt. 2005. Adaptive Capacity and Human Cognition: The Process of Individual Adaptation to Climate Change. Global Environmental Change 15 (3):199-213.
Applications

No further cases or projects where MPPACC has been applied despite the project presented in Grothmann and Patt (2005).

Contacts for Framework, Documentation, Technical Assistance

Torsten Grothmann

e-mail: torsten.grothmann@web.de.

Cost None
References

Grothmann, T. and A. Patt. 2005. Adaptive Capacity and Human Cognition: The Process of Individual Adaptation to Climate Change. Global Environmental Change 15 (3):199-213.