Communities and change in the anthropocene: understanding social-ecological vulnerability and planning adaptations to multiple interacting exposures


General Information:

Author: Bennett, N. J. et al.

Year of publication: 2015

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Comprehensive impact and risk assessment

Details: Vunerability (primary) and adaptation assessments (secondary) within the context of multiple exposures in coastal communities

Format of assessment: Scientific article

Estimated costs for conducting: No information

Estimated duration of assessment: No information

To be carried out by whom: Multiple actors

Details: Scientists/researchers, Consultants (climate experts), Government representatives

Institutional scale of use: Local/community

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

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: North America, Australia and Oceania

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: No

Geographic coverage in analysis: Worldwide

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide

Sectors covered: Not sector specific

Details: Socio-ecological systems are considered as system of interest and can thus be applied to different sectors

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods applicable

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: All

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: All hazards

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

Details: Triangulation of data required from perceptual studies, biophysical studies, historical methods and policy studies

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: Yes

Details: The method could be used as the basis of participatory focus group or mapping, historical timelines, trend lines, importance-incidence charts and causal dynamics; also other elements of participatory, qualitative and enthnographic can be utilised

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Yes

Details: This method is mainly focusing on the interaction of a vast range of exposures and risks (including socio-economic, socio-cultural etc.)

Adressing uncertainty: Partly

Details: Uncertainty in drivers of vulnerability is increased by increased magnitude and frequency of extreme events

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Details: This analysis assesses various impacts on communities on a local-scale

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Both

Details: Takes into account economic, socio-economic and non-economic aspects of loss (e.g. loss of livelihood options, biodiversity loss, loss of traditional practices)

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

Details: Refers to both extreme weather events and SOE


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Partly

Details: This study does not offer recommendations per se. However this method can be utilised to inform adaptation planning and interventions

Usefulness for political purposes: For all of the above stated this could be a helpful tool

Applied by whom: Not specified

Open access: Yes