Today’s Climate

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  • Assessing Vulnerability to Today’s Climate • The importance of assessing vulnerabilities to today’s climate • How to identify current adaptation deficits
  • Vulnerability to natural variation within today`s climate may be large due to a range of issues including the lack of maintenance of buildings and physical infrastructure.
  • Vulnerability stems, in part, from the uncertainty concerning the rate and magnitude of changes to expect, the potential for non-linear changes to occur, and the long time horizons involved (Dessai & der Sluijs, 2007).
  • Use existing risk assessment systems to evaluate current vulnerability to today’s climate
  • Consider if collecting more local data will aid similar assessments in the future,
  • Assessment of the vulnerability to today’s climate is a necessary starting point
  • Vulnerability to natural variation in today’s climate may be considerable due to a range of physical and institutional limitations, including the lack of maintenance for buildings and other physical infrastructure.
  • Adaptation deficits should be dealt first – If adaptation deficits are not dealt with, the task of adaptation to the future climate will be more severe. It will also increase the risk of mal-adaptive measures being implemented.

 

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