Profiling urban vulnerabilities to climate change: An indicator-based vulnerability assessment for European cities


General Information:

Author: Tapia, C. et al.

Year of publication: 2017

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: Continental

Details: Analyzes cities within a continent

Assesment to be used by which target audience: Others (please specify)

Details: EU decision makers

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Vulnerability scores


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Europe

Potential geographic coverage: Europe

Sectors covered: Health sector, Water sector

Method used: Index development

Description of methodology: Index development for three impact chains (heatwaves on human health, droughts on water planning, floods on socio-economic issue); indicators under each chain cover biophysical and socio-economic factors and were divided to represent sensitivity and adaptive capacity; indicators were weighted; then vulnerability scores for the studies' cities are produced

Risk framework used: AR5

Risk components incorporated: Vulnerability

Details: According to AR5

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Drought, Flood, Extreme temperatures

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

Details: Data from urban audits or other data related to the indicators (retrived though big data and online research)

Temporal scale: Backward looking

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: Both

Applicability for entire risk spectrum (from extreme weather events to slow onset processes): No


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Applied by whom: Tapia, C. et al.

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