Climate Change

Social Vulnerability into Water Management

Definitions of Vulnerability

Comparing definitions of vulnerability and their implications for applications

  • Differential exposure: Relative exposure of different groups to different stresses
  • Relative index: Aggregate score on selected indicators
  • Multi-attribute profile: Profile of multiple dimensions
  • Scenario outcome: Measure of the outcome of a scenario
  • Damage function: Equation linking hazard and outcome
  • Collapse: Inverse of resilience, collapse of a system
  • Dynamic choice: Pathway of choices lead to positive or adverse outcome
  • Narrative: Storylines that depict the structure and nature of vulnerability


Paper [download in pdf] Downing et al 2005 Water vulnerability

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