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Adaptation 2016

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Jan 15, 2016 EST - May 23, 2016 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

May 23, 2016 EDT - Jun 7, 2016 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jun 7, 2016 EDT - Jun 15, 2016 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jun 16, 2016 EDT - Jul 5, 2016 EDT
Voting Period
Public Voting Period

Jul 5, 2016 EDT - Jul 31, 2016 EDT
Winners are awarded

Aug 1, 2016 EDT
What can be done to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change?

Climate change is already affecting earth’s ecosystems and the welfare of the billions that depend on them. Even assuming focused, deliberate efforts to aggressively reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and reverse the course on a global economy dominated by fossil fuels, we have already committed our planet to a certain level of climate change. We will need to adapt to those aspects of climate change that are irreversible in the short term.

Climate change is a global problem whose challenges will be met at the local and regional level. Scientists have predicted its impacts to include changes in precipitation, heat waves, increased magnitude of extreme weather events and disaster intensity, increased flooding, reduced fresh water resources, sea level rise, changes in disease patterns, and more. Even if we were able to aggressively reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, mean sea levels may rise between 26-54 cm by 2100 under conservative scenarios, and most projections are higher (IPCC, 2013). Mean global surface temperature is likely to increase by 2-5 degrees Celsius, causing an acceleration of the hydrologic cycle and an exacerbation of precipitation extremes. The impacts of climate change will increasingly affect plant, animal and human life. This contest seeks to explore innovative institutional, educational, financial, and other means by which we can increase global and local preparedness for climate change on both domestic and international scales.


29  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Increasing the plantation of Jatropha curcusrumock77

Uses of Jatropha Jatropha has many uses in today's world...

Desalination Hopscotch: Bringing Clean Water to an Aquifer Near YouManaugh&Majdi

To cope with water scarcity, desalinated seawater conserves aquifers for responsible sharing by water users in Texas and elsewhere.

Save city biodiversity with green roofs and beehivesNathanaël Langlois and 1 other

Human activities significantly reduce biodiversity in our cities, which we can counter by creating more green roofs with beehives

using technology for climate change adaptation in agricultural sector of AfricaDamilare Adefowope

Use adaptation technologies to strengthen agricultural production in the face of uncertain future climate change scenarios in Africa.

Adaptation: Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and ProfitsiWENN

Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal

A Tool For The Aggregation and Distribution of Data For Land Use Optimisation.Jim Wright

Identify the Land or Sea area; Collect, Share and Analyse the Data; Repair or Adapt the Land or Sea area to the best extent possible.

Mobilizing University Students as Volunteer for Climate Change AdaptationNaresh Bhatt

Build the adaptive capacity of school students for climate change adaption.


Community Based Adaptation emphasises community participation that builds on the priorities, knowledge and capacities of local people.

Climate-Smart Governments in BrazilDoclima

Enable climate-smart governments in Brazil by integrating climate change projections into strategic and everyday decisions in public life

Swami Vivekananda Fruit-Trees Expansion Mission for environment adaptationHemant Wagh

Collect fruit seeds with students help grow fruit trees everywhere, distribute fruits free, with request to save seeds & use next year

Rainwater harvestingHira Pant

Rainwater harvesting refers to the collecting of rainwater, mostly on a roof, from where it flows through gutters into a collection tank.

Irrigate The Worlds Deserts and Lower Co2 Levels To Pre-Industrial TimesEco Inventions

Irrigate the worlds deserts and lower Co2 levels to pre-industrial times while making valuable carbon nano fibers, cheaper then other means.

Monsoon insuranceClimateRe

Insuring farmers against weather extremes

SORJAN, towards adaptive farming in flood prone areasRahaman Rana

Earthquake PredictionArshdeep Bhardwaj

To make an device that has the ability to recognize earthquake shaking using the sensors.

Water and Food security: Cross-correlation and UncertaintyPearls of UNSW

To ensure water and food security we need to be able to anticipate the likelihood of risk possibilities through cascade of vulnerabilities

Promotion of green economy to mitigate climate change in AfricaNorbert Tchouaffé

Innovative Climate Information Communication for AdaptationDagmawi Abegaz and 1 other