Spatial approaches for assessing vulnerability and consequences in climate change assessments


General Information:

Author: Preston, B. et al.

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

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

Output: Others (see details)

Details: Vulnerability map, impact map


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Australia and Oceania

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Australia and Oceania

Potential geographic coverage: Australia

Sectors covered: Biodiversity, Health sector, Humanitarian sector,

Details: Method analyses 5 potential impacts which are relevant to different sectors such as health, disaster risk management, drainage, environmental management

Method used: Scenario mapping

Description of methodology: Quantitative and qualitative assessment of vulnerability and impact

Risk framework used: Broad risk mapping according to different definition

Details: Vulnerability mapping

Risk components incorporated: Exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Extreme temperatures, Extreme rainfall, Sea level rise, Wildfire

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

Details: Current regional climate gradients, projections of future climate change, topography, land use and cover, demographic information as well as indicators of council resources and performance

Temporal scale: Current, Forward looking

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Partly

Adressing uncertainty: Partly

Details: Uncertainties are mentioned

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): Yes

Details: Including both, SOE and EWE


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: No

Usefulness for political purposes: Quantitative estimation of impacts and a spatially explicit view of consequence are likely to be attractive to stakeholders as they provide a readily interpretable image of potential consequences, their scale, and hence where management efforts should be directed and how much investment may be required

Applied by whom: Preston, B. et al.

Open access: Yes