Assessing climate change vulnerability in Alaska’s fishing communities


General Information:

Author: Himes-Comell, A., Kasperski, S.

Year of publication: 2015

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: Local/community

Details: Fishery communities

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

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: North America

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: North America

Potential geographic coverage: Location specific data is needed as input

Sectors covered: Fishery

Method used: Index development

Description of methodology: Variable reduction through principal components analysis, creation of component scores for each component (adaptive capacity, physical climate change vulnerability, resource dependence)

Risk framework used: Broad risk mapping according to different definition

Risk components incorporated: All

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Coastal erosion, Permafrost, Sea ice retreat

Source of required data: Secondary (available data is used)

Details: Data on effects on the community posed by hazards (governmental policy; distance to permafrost zone; distance to sea ice), data on involvement in fishing and hunting, socio-economic data

Temporal scale: Current

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Partly

Details: Multiple hazards considered in index development

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Both

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

Details: Erosion


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Partly

Details: Few recommendations given based on the results

Applied by whom: Himes-Comell, A., Kasperski, S.

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