IPCC's current conceptualization of ‘vulnerability’ needs more clarification for climate change vulnerability assessments

Asif Ishtiaque, Ronald Estoque, Hallie Eakin, Jagadish Parajuli, Yasin Wahid Rabby

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Abstract

In this Short Communication, we raise the concern that the existing conceptualization of ‘vulnerability’, introduced in the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), is not facilitative for standalone vulnerability assessments and that this conceptualization has not been well accepted by the vulnerability researchers. We identify three key reasons for low adoption of the AR5 conceptualization in climate change vulnerability assessments, and urge the IPCC Working Group II to clarify how the current conceptualization of ‘vulnerability’ can facilitate standalone climate change vulnerability assessments. We propose treating ‘exposure’ not only as a precondition for vulnerability but also as a secondary driver of vulnerability to capture the influence of differential exposure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114246
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Volume303
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022

Keywords

  • Assessments
  • Climate change
  • Exposure
  • IPCC
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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