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The Transformative Adaptation Research Alliance is an international network of researchers and practitioners dedicated to the development and implementation of novel approaches to transformative adaptation to global change.

The interaction of climate change with other drivers of global change amplifies existing risks to social-ecological systems and creates new ones. Such risks are particularly likely to affect people in developing countries whose livelihoods and daily subsistence depend directly on ecosystems and the services they provide.

The potential for major, large-scale changes to the environment will have profound consequences for societies and economies. The prospect of such far-reaching consequences calls for transformative responses in ways that people think and act in relation to adaptation.

Taken together, these concepts stress the need for research on transformative adaptation to be international and trans-disciplinary in nature. This task requires researchers and practitioners with backgrounds in the biophysical and social sciences who are able and willing to work across discipline boundaries and synthesise complex ideas into readily-understandable concepts that can be put into practice.

River red gum saplings at sunset, Chowilla Floodplain, South Australia (photo: copyright Ian Overton)
River red gum saplings at sunset, Chowilla Floodplain, South Australia (photo: copyright Ian Overton)