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The vulnerability of Australian rural communities to climate variability and change: Part I - Conceptualising and measuring vulnerability

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Nelson, R and Kokic, P and Crimp, S and Meinke, H and Howden, SM, The vulnerability of Australian rural communities to climate variability and change: Part I - Conceptualising and measuring vulnerability, Environmental Science and Policy, 13, (1) pp. 8-17. ISSN 1462-9011 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2009.09.006

Abstract

Vulnerability is a term frequently used to describe the potential threat to rural communities posed by climate variability and change. Despite growing use of the term, analytical measures of vulnerability that are useful for prioritising and evaluating policy responses are yet to evolve. Demand for research capable of prioritising adaptation responses has evolved rapidly with an increasing awareness of climate change and its potential impacts on rural communities. Research into the climate-related vulnerability of Australian rural communities is only just beginning to emerge. Current research is dominated by hazard/impact modelling, drawing on a heritage of managing the risks posed by seasonal climate variability. There is a natural tendency to use the same risk management approach to understand the emergent nature of vulnerability. In this paper, we explore the consequences for policy advice of imperfectly examining vulnerability through the lens of an impact/hazard modelling approach to risk management. In a second paper in this series, we show how hazard/impact modelling can be complemented with more holistic measures of adaptive capacity to provide quantitative insights into the vulnerability of Australian rural communities to climate variability and change

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Research Field:Sustainable Agricultural Development
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts)
Author:Nelson, R (Associate Professor Rohan Nelson)
Author:Meinke, H (Professor Holger Meinke)
ID Code:71120
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:70
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2011-07-08
Last Modified:2014-09-10
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