EcoAdapt’s Climate Vulnerability Assessment Quick Guide

Created: 12/31/2018 -

Abstract

A guide to assist with vulnerability assessments.

V = E + S - AC

  • V = Vulnerability to climate change
  • E = Exposure is how much change occurs, including changes outside the project area that affect the target (e.g. loss of glaciers loss of water supply)
  • S = Sensitivity is how much the target is affected by a given amount of change
  • AC = Adaptive Capacity is the ability of an individual, community, or ecosystem to adapt to change; this reflects intrinsic traits (behavioral flexibility that allows individuals to respond to new situations) and extrinsic factors (e.g. degree of habitat fragmentation) 

Options for Decreasing Vulnerability

  1. Decreasing EXPOSURE
  2. Decreasing SENSITIVITY
  3. Increasing ADAPTIVE CAPACITY 

Keywords

Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy
Capacity Building
Conduct vulnerability assessments and studies