Vulnerability assessment of mangroves to climate change and sea-level rise impacts


General Information:

Author: Ellison, J.

Year of publication: 2014

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

Details: Climate scientists as this is a highly scientific approach requiring in-depth understanding of data analysis

Institutional scale of use: Local/community

Details: Mangrove forests

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

Details: Provides a baseline for strategic management of mangrove forests in face of sea level rise

Output: Report


Coverage & Methodology:

Region of origin: Australia and Oceania

Developed by which sector: Science

Applied in practice: Yes

Geographic coverage in analysis: Africa, Pacific Islands

Potential geographic coverage: Worldwide

Sectors covered: Biodiversity, Forestry

Details: Mangrove areas

Method used: Mixed method approach

Description of methodology: Multidisciplinary approach (biotic, abiotic, human management of mangroves) then determining a vulunerability rank which identifies which parts of a mangrove forest are more vulnerable to climatic changes than others

Risk framework used: No explicit use of risk framework

Risk components incorporated: Vulnerability, sensitivity, adaptive capacity

Hazards and impacts considered in the assessment: Sea level rise

Source of required data: Primary and secondary

Details: Quantitative data related to components of exposure, sensitivity, adaptive capacity; Information from stakeholder workshops is included

Temporal scale: Forward looking

Participatory elements: Yes

Details: Stakeholder workshops

Consideration of interconnectedness and -dependencies of risks: No

Details: Single risk is evaluated

Adressing uncertainty: No information

Scope of assessment: Identification of risks, assessment of impacts

Relevance for losses and damages:

Economic/Non-Economic losses incorporated: None

Details: Only vulnerability assessment

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

Details: Focus only on sea level rise


Recommendations for Adaptation measures included in Climate Risk Assessment: Partly

Applied by whom: School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania

Open access: Yes