This Vulnerability Assessment Framework was put together within the project Baltic Challenges and Chances for local and regional development generated by Climate Change financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013. The purpose of the framework is to guide and assist the Target Areas (TA) within the project in mapping and analysing the challenges and chances created by climate change. The Vulnerability exercises have originally been developed and tested within a number of other research projects within the Key Research Area Vulnerability & Adaptation at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research (CSPR). The projects Enhancing Cities’ Capacity to Manage Vulnerability to Climate Change (financed by FORMAS), Participatory Modelling for Assessment of Climate Change– impacts on Water Resources in Southern Africa (financed by SIDA/Sarec), and the Swedish Research Programme on Climate, Impacts and Adaptation (financed by MISTRA) are the most important and we acknowledge the sharing of results made possible by those financing agencies. Apart from the authors, the following persons have contributed to the design of individual exercises: Lotta Andersson, Yvonne Andersson-Sköld, Karin André, Åsa Gerger-Swartling, Erik Glaas, Anna Jonsson and Louise Simonsson. These people all have been generous to share their expertise and are gratefully acknowledged. We are also grateful for all stakeholders that by their participating in the exercises have helped us in developing them. Please refer to any individual exercise use according to the following example: André, K. and Å. Gerger-Swartling, 2010. Exercise VI – Identification of Key Actors and Mapping of their Responsibilities. In Hjerpe and Wilk, 2010. Baltic Climate Vulnerability Assessment Framework: Introduction and Guidelines. CSPR Briefing No 5. 2010.
At the time of publishing, results based on the methods described in this briefing have still not been published and are still work in progress. The exercises are in a process of modification and adjustment, both within the Baltic Climate project and other initiatives. If you wish to use any of these exercises, please contact Mattias Hjerpe or Julie Wilk at CSPR. The Briefing in an earlier version was primarily intended for use in regional and local applications in the Baltic Sea Region starting December 2009 and forward. Any suggestions for improvement and tests of the VAF pilot version will be of pertinent importance to develop the final version.
This Briefing consists of three sections and one appendix.
Section 1 "Introducing Vulnerability to Climate Change" describes the main elements in an assessment of vulnerability to climate variation and climate change. It intends to familiarize project participants within the vulnerability assessment process in the TAs.
Section 2 "BalticClimate Vulnerability Assessment Framework" presents the VAF and explains the idea of using exercises to systematically discuss the main elements shaping vulnerability to climate change in your TA. It also presents how the WP3 researchers can support the TAs.
Section 3 "Exercises for analysis of vulnerability and adaptation" contains the aims, outputs, and description of the eight exercises, and the exercises Identification of Challenges & Chances of Climate Change and Introducing Climate Adaptation undertaken during the Inventory phase. The appendix contains a more elaborated description of adaptation and vulnerability to climate change.
Mattias Hjerpe, Assistant Professor, BalticClimate Work Package 3 Leader Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: +46-11-36 34 38, Fax: +46-11-36 32 92
Julie Wilk, Associate Professor, BalticClimate Work Package 3 Co-leader Email: email@example.com, Phone: +46-13-28 44 63, Fax: +46-11-36 32 92
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2010. , 21 p.