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Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Cities

This course provides instruction on assessing the impacts of climate change on local assets and populations.

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Course Info

  • Duration 9 video lessons (59 Mins)
  • Published Published
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (1 min)
  • 2. The Basic Science of Climate Impacts (9 mins)
  • 3. Assessing the Local Effects of Climate Change (11 mins)
  • 4. Identifying Vulnerable Community Assets (7 mins)
  • 5. Assessing the Capacity to Adapt (5 mins)
  • 6. Adapting to Sea Level Rise (7 mins)
  • 7. Adapting to Changes in Temperature and Precipitation (7 mins)
  • 8. Adapting to Public Health Impacts of Climate Change (6 mins)
  • 9. Conducting a Social Vulnerability Assessment (4 mins)

Course Description

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.

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Learn these skills

  • Environmental Planning
  • Land Use
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit


This course is approved for 1 CNU-A credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point. 

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Michael R. Boswell

Michael R. Boswell

Michael R. Boswell is a Professor of City & Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

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