Assessing Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change
Making Research Useful for Adaptation Decision Making and Policy


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Assessing Vulnerability to Global Environmental Change
Making Research Useful for Adaptation Decision Making and Policy

Rik Leemans (Editor)
Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert (Editor)
Richard J. T. Klein (Editor)
Dagmar Schroter (Editor)
Anthony G. Patt (Editor)



ISBN: 9781849711548


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Assessing the vulnerability of human populations to global environmental change, particularly climate change, is the main imperative of research and international action. This book discusses vulnerability as the central theme and brings together many different applications from disaster studies, and climate change impact studies.

Research outcomes stress that science-policy dialogues must be transparent to be effective and concentrate on a mutual understanding of the concepts used. A key research finding is that the most useful information for decision makers is that which shows the separate causes and drivers of vulnerability, rather than presenting vulnerability in an aggregated form. The book concludes with a unifying framework for analysing integrated methodologies of vulnerability assessment and guiding how research and policy can be linked to reduce vulnerability.


ISBN 1849711542
ISBN13 9781849711548
Publisher Earthscan Ltd
Format Paperback
Publication date 22/10/2010
Pages 288
Weight (grammes) 476
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 234
Width (mm) 156

Forewords by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber and Rik Leemans

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations

1 Vulnerability Research and Assessment to Support Adaptation and
Mitigation: Common Themes from the Diversity of Approaches
Anthony G.Patt, Dagmar Schr ter, A.Cristina de la Vega-Leiner
and Richard J.T. Klein

2 The House is Both Empty and Sad: Social Vulnerability, Environmental
Disturbance, Economic Change and the Irish Potato Famine
Evan D.G. Fraser

3 Vulnerability Assessments in the Developed World:The UK and
Ian Holman and Lars Otto N ss

4 Vulnerability Assessments in the Developing World: Mozambique
and South Africa
Siri Eriksen, Coleen Vogel, Gina Ziervogel, Franziska Steinbruch and
Florence Nazare

5 Global Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise:
Experience from DINAS-COAST
Richard J.T. Klein and Jochen Hinkel

6 Our Vulnerability to Changes in Ecosystem Services
Dagmar Schr ter

7 Assessing Vulnerability of Human Health
Hans-Martin F ssel and Kristie L. Ebi

8 Mapping Double Exposure to Climate Change and Trade
Liberalization as an Awareness-Raising Tool
Robin Leichenko and Karen O'Brien
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9 An Agent-Based Framework for Assessing Vulnerability Futures
Lilibeth Acosta-Michlik and Mark Rounsevell

10 Assessing Financial and Economic Vulnerability to Natural Hazards:
Bridging the Gap between Scientific Assessment and the
Implementation of Disaster Risk Management with the CatSim Model
Stefan Hochrainer and Reinhard Mechler

11 Evaluation of a Stakeholder Dialogue on European Vulnerability
to Global Change
A. Cristina de la Vega-Leinert and Dagmar Schr ter

12 Defining Dangerous Climate Change:The Beijing Exercise
Martin Welp, Antonella Battaglini and Carlo C. Jaeger

13 A Framework for Analysing Methodologies of Vulnerability
Jochen Hinkel