A GIS-based vulnerability assessment of coastal natural hazards, state of Pará, Brazil [Composite Vulnerability Index (CVI)]


General Information:

Author: Szlafsztein, C. and Sterr, H.

Year of publication: 2007

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Vulnerability assessment

Format of assessment: Scientific article

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Scientists/researchers

Institutional scale of use: Regional

Details: State level

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Regional decision makers

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Vulnerability map


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Latin America

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Latin America

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide (coastal environments)

Sectors covered: Humanitarian sector

Details: Not sector specific

Method used: Index development

Description of methodology: The methodology includes: Data gathering including statistical data and satellite data; Data input and pre-processing; Storage and processing data including classification and weighting; Data output of the total vulnerability index

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Vulnerability

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Sea level rise, Flood, Coastal erosion

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Natural parameters (coastline length, continentality, coastline complexity, coastal features, coastal protection measures, emergency relief - historical cases, fluvial drainage, flooding areas and socioeconomic parameters (demographic, population density, children population, elderly population, non-local population, poverty, municipal wealth

Temporal scale: Current

Participatory elements: No information

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Partly

Adressing uncertainty: No information

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: No information

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): Partly


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Usefulness for political purposes: The results obtained in this study place high confidence in the observations and descriptions made in many localities of the NE Pará region and should therefore be a solid base to launch and support the ICZM program of the State of Pará

Applied by whom: Szlafsztein, C. and Sterr, H.

Open access: Yes