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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Cities
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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Cities

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Cities

60 min

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit

Since the impacts of climate change are affecting cities and will continue do so for some time, conducting a vulnerability assessment is something all cities, regardless of size, should do. A vulnerability assessment establishes the nature and likelihood of the climate impact and the adaptive capacity of the community. This assessment becomes the basis for developing plans for a resilient city.

In This Course

  1. Michael Boswell introduces the course.
  2. The Basic Science of Climate Impacts
    This chapter covers that basic science concerning the expected impacts of climate change, including the issue of regional variation.
  3. Assessing the Local Effects of Climate Change
    This chapter shows how to find and interpret the best available science for assessing the impacts of climate change at the regional and local level. The chapter covers global climate and environmental models, issues with downscaling, and uncertainty.
  4. Identifying Vulnerable Community Assets
    This chapter establishes a collaborative self-assessment of assets in a city vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This assessment includes structures, infrastructure, critical facilities, operations, vulnerable populations, and continuity of government.
  5. Assessing the Capacity to Adapt
    This chapter shows "gap" analysis method for a collaborative self-assessment of climate change preparation. This "gap" analysis can assist communities in making strategic decisions about when and where to take action.
  6. Adapting to Sea Level Rise
    This chapter focuses on issues related to sea-level rise (SLR), including assessing the magnitude and onset of sea-level rise and how sea-level rise relates to coastal storms and flooding. In addition, the chapter presents examples of innovative adaptive actions.
  7. Adapting to Changes in Temperature and Precipitation
    This chapter focuses on the anticipated changes in temperature and precipitation, including effects in drought and snowpack. The chapter also presents examples of adaptive actions.
  8. Adapting to Public Health Impacts of Climate Change
    This chapter addresses a variety of other climate change impacts, including hurricanes, wildfire, public health, and agricultural impacts.
  9. Conducting a Social Vulnerability Assessment
    This chapter expands on issues raised previously regarding social vulnerability analysis with a more in-depth discussion of methods, challenges, and uses of social vulnerability assessment.

Published 2016