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

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

by Anthony G. Patt, Dagmar Schroter, Richard J. T. Klein, Anne Cristina de la Vega-Leinert, Rik Leemans
 

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ISBN-10: 1849711542

ISBN-13: 9781849711548

Pub. Date: 12/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Assessing the vulnerability of human populations to global environmental change, particularly climate change, is now the main imperative of research and international action. However, much of the research into vulnerability is not designed to feed directly into decision making and policy, creating a gap between the knowledge created by researchers and what is

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Assessing the vulnerability of human populations to global environmental change, particularly climate change, is now the main imperative of research and international action. However, much of the research into vulnerability is not designed to feed directly into decision making and policy, creating a gap between the knowledge created by researchers and what is required by decision makers.

This book seeks to rectify this problem and bridge the gap. It discusses vulnerability as the central theme and brings together many different applications from disaster studies, climate change impact studies and several other fields and provides the most comprehensive synthesis of definitions, theories, formalization and applications to date, illustrated with examples from different disciplines, regions and periods, and from local through to regional, national and international levels.

Case study topics cover sea level rise, vulnerability to changes in ecosystem services, assessing the vulnerability of human health and 'double exposure' to climate change and trade liberalization amongst other issues. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849711548
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Contributors ix

Forewords Hans Joachim Schellnhuber Rik Leemans xvii

List of Acronyms and Abbreviations xxiii

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

2 The House is Both Empty and Sad: Social Vulnerability, Environmental Disturbance, Economic Change and the Irish Potato Famine Evan D. G. Fraser 27

3 Vulnerability Assessments in the Developed World: The UK and Norway Ian Holman Lars Otto N&ae;ss 41

4 Vulnerability Assessments in the Developing World: Mozambique and South Africa Siri Eriksen Coleen Vogel Gina Ziervogel Franziska Steinbruch Florence Nazare 61

5 Global Assessment of Coastal Vulnerability to Sea-Level Rise: Experience from Dinas-Coast Richard J. T. Klein Jochen Hinkel 79

6 Our Vulnerability to Changes in Ecosystem Services Dagmar Schröet;ter 97

7 Assessing Vulnerability of Human Health Hans-Martin Füet;ssel Kristie L. Ebi 115

8 Mapping Double Exposure to Climate Change and Trade Liberalization as an Awareness-Raising Tool Robin Leichenko Karen O'Brien 133

9 An Agent-Based Framework for Assessing Vulnerability Futures Lilibeth Acosta-Michlik Mark Rounsevell 147

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 Reinhard Mechler 173

11 Evaluation of a Stakeholder Dialogue on European Vulnerability to Global Change A. Cristina de la Vega-Leinert DagmarSchröet;ter 195

12 Defining Dangerous Climate Change: The Beijing Exercise Martin Welp Antonella Battaglini Carlo C. Jaeger 215

13 A Framework for Analysing Methodologies of Vulnerability Assessments Jochen Hinkel 231

Index 251

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