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Title: Key concepts and methods in social vulnerability and adaptive capacity

Author: Murphy, Daniel J.; Wyborn, Carina; Yung, Laurie; Williams, Daniel R.;

Date: 2015

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-328. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 24 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: National forests have been asked to assess how climate change will impact nearby human communities. To assist their thinking on this topic, we examine the concepts of social vulnerability and adaptive capacity with an emphasis on a range of theoretical and methodological approaches. This analysis is designed to help researchers and decision-makers select appropriate research approaches suited to particular planning and management needs. We first explore key conceptual frameworks and theoretical divisions, including different definitions of vulnerability and adaptive capacity. We then focus on the different methods that have been used to assess vulnerability and adaptive capacity and their respective pros and cons. Finally, we present and discuss three case examples and their respective research approaches.

Keywords: climate change, adaptation, vulnerability, adaptive capacity

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Murphy, Daniel J.; Wyborn, Carina; Yung, Laurie; Williams, Daniel R. 2015. Key concepts and methods in social vulnerability and adaptive capacity. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-328. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 24 p.

 


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