The role of uncertainty in climate change adaptation strategies - a Danish water management example

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The role of uncertainty in climate change adaptation strategies - a Danish water management example. / Refsgaard, J.C.; Arnbjerg-Nielsen, Karsten; Drews, M.; Halsnæs, Kirsten; Jeppesen, E.; Madsen, H.; Markandya, A.; Olesen, Jørgen Eivind; Porter, John Roy; Christensen, J.H.

In: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, Vol. 18, No. 3, 2013, p. 337-359.

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Refsgaard, JC, Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K, Drews, M, Halsnæs, K, Jeppesen, E, Madsen, H, Markandya, A, Olesen, JE, Porter, JR & Christensen, JH 2013, 'The role of uncertainty in climate change adaptation strategies - a Danish water management example', Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, vol. 18, no. 3, pp. 337-359. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11027-012-9366-6

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Refsgaard, J. C., Arnbjerg-Nielsen, K., Drews, M., Halsnæs, K., Jeppesen, E., Madsen, H., ... Christensen, J. H. (2013). The role of uncertainty in climate change adaptation strategies - a Danish water management example. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 18(3), 337-359. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11027-012-9366-6

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Refsgaard JC, Arnbjerg-Nielsen K, Drews M, Halsnæs K, Jeppesen E, Madsen H et al. The role of uncertainty in climate change adaptation strategies - a Danish water management example. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 2013;18(3):337-359. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11027-012-9366-6

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Refsgaard, J.C. ; Arnbjerg-Nielsen, Karsten ; Drews, M. ; Halsnæs, Kirsten ; Jeppesen, E. ; Madsen, H. ; Markandya, A. ; Olesen, Jørgen Eivind ; Porter, John Roy ; Christensen, J.H. / The role of uncertainty in climate change adaptation strategies - a Danish water management example. In: Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change. 2013 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 337-359.

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