Climate change vulnerability assessment of the urban forest in three Canadian cities


General Information:

Author: Ordóñez, C., Duniker, P.N.

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: Urban forests

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; urban forests in mid-latitudes

Sectors covered: Biodiversity, Forestry, Urban sector

Details: Urban forests

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: Participatory vulnerability assessment (PVA); Workshop with experts (city planners, urban foresters, governmental staff; academics); Analysis of the textutal data from the participants (content analysis)

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Hazard, exposure, sensitivity

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Changing precipitation patterns, Drought, Extreme temperatures, Extreme rainfall, Flood, Storm surge

Details: Hazards considered depends on participants' perception

Source of required data: Primary (data has to be generated)

Details: Workshop participants answer certain questions

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: Yes

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Yes

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts, identification of adaptation options

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Non-Economic

Details: Vulnerability of urban forests

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

Details: Depends on participants' perception


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Yes

Applied by whom: Ordóñez, C., Duniker, P.N.

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