Vulnerability Assessment and Scenarios

  • Stefan Kienberger
  • Craig W. Hutton
  • Fiifi Amoako Johnson


This chapter provides an overview of the assessment of socio-economic vulnerability to floods in the context of climate change in the Salzach catchment (UDRB) as well as for the floodplains in Assam (UBRB). The assessment adapts a conceptual framework of the IPCC defining vulnerability. Within both assessments spatially-explicit and expert-based approaches are applied to provide an integrative assessment linking to ILWRM. Next to the assessment of present-day conditions, future scenarios of socio-economic vulnerability are provided building on the SRES framework. Socio-economic issues are major drivers and subjects of climate change and it is inevitable to analyse them within an integrative assessment through the application of a vulnerability approach.


Adaptive Capacity Integrative Assessment SRES Scenario Vulnerability Score Vulnerability Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Kienberger
    • 1
  • Craig W. Hutton
    • 2
  • Fiifi Amoako Johnson
    • 3
  1. 1.Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics—Z_GISUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.School of Geography and EnvironmentUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  3. 3.Department of Social Statistics & Demography, Social SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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