The determinants of vulnerability and adaptive capacity at the national level and the implications for adaptation


General Information:

Author: Brooks, N. et al.

Year of publication: 2005

Available languages: English

Details of Assessment:

Type of assessment: Vulnerability assessment

Details: Vulnerability to mortality from climate disasters

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: National

Assesment to be used by which target audience: State level decision makers

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Europe

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Worldwide

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide

Sectors covered: Agriculture, Infrastructure, Livelihood sector, Health sector, Biodiversity, Education sector, Forestry

Method used: Index development

Description of methodology: Calculation of mortalities from climate related disasters for each country; identification of generic vulnerability indicators (sustained by data availability); statistical correlation with mortalitiy risk; assessing significance through Monte-Carlo randomisation; indicators were validated through experts; sensitivity analysis in country analysis verified by focus group

Risk framework used: Broad risk mapping according to different definition

Risk components incorporated: Hazard, vulnerability, sensitivity, adaptive capacity, exposure

Details: Here risk is defined as interaction of climate hazards and socially constructed vulnerability

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: All hazards

Details: Multiple climate hazards

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Mortality data related to climate hazards, socio-economic data related to vulnerability indicators and expert judgement is used to estimate weights

Temporal scale: Current

Participatory elements: No

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: Partly

Details: Multiple hazards are considered and linked to vulnerability but no direct mention of interaction

Adressing uncertainty: No

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: None

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: Brooks, N. et al..

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