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Climate 2015, 3(1), 16-41; doi:10.3390/cli3010016

Self-Reported Experiences of Climate Change in Nigeria: The Role of Personal and Socio-Environmental Factors

Department of Geography, University of Western Ontario, London, ON N6G 5C2, Canada
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Received: 14 July 2014 / Accepted: 14 November 2014 / Published: 23 December 2014
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Abstract

In this study, we examined the individual and socio-environmental factors that mediate differential self-reported experiences of climate change in coastal communities in Lagos, Nigeria. Binary complementary log-log multivariate regression was used to model residents’ experiences of changing rainfall patterns, ocean surges, and flood events. An analysis of both compositional and contextual factors showed that there were urban communities where vulnerability to flooding tends to be clustered, and that this was not fully explained by the characteristics of the people of whom the community was composed. This study, thus, underscores the importance and complex nature of the interaction between personal and socio-environmental determinants in shaping climate change experiences and vulnerability of individuals across coastal neighbourhoods. Key findings suggest certain sub-populations as well as geographic clusters in Lagos require special attention from disaster mitigation experts and policy makers. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate; perception; floods; rainfall; vulnerability; Lagos climate; perception; floods; rainfall; vulnerability; Lagos
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Ajibade, I.; Armah, F.A.; Kuuire, V.; Luginaah, I.; McBean, G. Self-Reported Experiences of Climate Change in Nigeria: The Role of Personal and Socio-Environmental Factors. Climate 2015, 3, 16-41.

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