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Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Communities in the Canadian Arctic to Risks Associated with Climate Change

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dc.contributor.author Ford, J. D. en_US
dc.contributor.author Smit, B. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:57:08Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:57:08Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-24 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2009-02-24 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3095
dc.description.abstract "Adaptation to climate change is recognized as an important policy issue by international bodies such as the United Nations and by various national governments. Initiatives to identify adaptation needs and to improve adaptive capacity increasingly start with an assessment of the vulnerability of the system of interest, in terms of who and what are vulnerable, to what stresses, in what way, and what capacity exists to adapt to changing risks. Notwithstanding the scholarship on climate change itself, there are few studies on the nature of Arctic communities vulnerability to climate-change risks. We review existing literature on implications of climate change for Arctic communities, develop a conceptual model of vulnerability, and present an analytical approach to assessing climate hazards and coping strategies in Arctic communities. Vulnerability is conceptualized as a function of exposure to climatic stresses and the adaptive capacity to cope with these stresses. The analytical framework employs place-specific case studies involving community residents and integrates information from multiple sources, both to document current exposures and adaptations and to characterize future exposures and adaptive capacity." en_US
dc.subject vulnerability en_US
dc.subject adaptation en_US
dc.subject adaptive systems en_US
dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject environmental change en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject Inuit (North American people) en_US
dc.subject arctic regions en_US
dc.title Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Communities in the Canadian Arctic to Risks Associated with Climate Change en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Arctic en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 57 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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