WIT Press


Urban Vulnerability And Resilience To Climate Change

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/AIR150331

Volume

198

Pages

12

Page Range

379 - 390

Published

2015

Size

308 kb

Author(s)

S. Rafael, H. Martins, C. Borrego, M. Lopes

Abstract

Notwithstanding the increasing number of studies on vulnerability, there has been relatively little research focused specifically on urban vulnerability to climate change. The different lineages explored offer insights into the factors that control urban vulnerability to climate change and weather extremes effects, providing a framework to consider resilience. A new vulnerability paradigm is emerging as a useful tool for city decision-makers to analyse how their city should seek to adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. In the scope of the project CLICURB (Urban atmospheric quality, climate change and resilience) urban vulnerability is explored with respect to recent climate change and the relations between the concepts of vulnerability, resilience and adaptive capacity. This review and analysis contributes to the understanding of, and the general agreement amongst research communities, about the definition of these key concepts with respect to the climate change literature in urban areas.

Keywords

climate change, resilience, urban areas, vulnerability