Wellbeing Assessment for Climate Change

Larson, Silva (2013) Wellbeing Assessment for Climate Change. Manual. Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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The processes of social development, which can be described as resulting in the transformation of social structures to improve the capacity of a society in order to fulfil its objectives (Jacobs & Asokan, 1999, p. 152), is increasingly linked in contemporary literature to concepts of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The concept of vulnerability is often discussed in relation to natural hazards and the ability of individuals or social groups to cope with these hazards (Adger & Vincent, 2005). On the other hand, although the study of adaptation of humans to environmental variability has its roots in anthropology (Janssen, Schoon, Kee & Bonner, 2006), in recent decades it has principally been applied to issue of global climatic change and its impacts (Adger, Arnell & Tompkins, 2005; IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2001).

Within the vulnerability and adaptation domain, adaptive capacity has been defined in several ways1. Adaptive capacity, along with exposure and sensitivity, is considered a determinant of vulnerability (Adger & Vincent, 2005). A region, community or a family is thus regarded as more vulnerable if its adaptive capacity is low; but having high adaptive capacity in itself does not render it immune from disturbance - the nature of the disturbance and its impact also matter (Bohensky, Stone-Jovicich, Larson & Marshall, 2010).

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Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2014 23:45
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl Planning) @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160403 Social and Cultural Geography @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 40%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 100%
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