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Assessing Climate Change in the Trinational Upper Rhine Region: How Can We Operationalize Vulnerability Using an Indicator-Based, Meso-Scale Approach?

Department for Physical Geography, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, 79085 Freiburg, Germany
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Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6323; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166323
Received: 17 June 2020 / Revised: 27 July 2020 / Accepted: 1 August 2020 / Published: 6 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vulnerability Assessment and Disaster Risk Reduction)
Climate vulnerability assessments are an important prerequisite for establishing successful climate adaptation strategies. Despite a growing number of assessments on the national or global scale, there is still a need for regionalized studies with a high resolution to identify meso-scale vulnerability patterns. In this paper, we present an indicator-based assessment that was carried out in the Trinational Metropolitan Region Upper Rhine within the Interreg-V project Clim’Ability. The analyzed region is characterized by strong cross-border and transnational linkages, similar ecological features and climatic stressors but differing political, administrative, cultural and legal conditions. In this rather complex setting, we operationalized a state-of-the art vulnerability framework using 18 quantified indicators and aggregating them into a vulnerability index. We show that it is possible to downscale the methods used in recent assessments to a regional context with a challenging data situation and discuss strengths and uncertainties. The results are mapped for stakeholder communication purposes. They provide an evidence-base to the identification of the trinational vulnerability pattern and may enable stakeholders and decision-makers to enhance their own climate adaptation planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: regional climate vulnerability; assessment; operationalization; indicators; mapping; climate communication; adaptation strategies regional climate vulnerability; assessment; operationalization; indicators; mapping; climate communication; adaptation strategies
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Scholze, N.; Riach, N.; Glaser, R. Assessing Climate Change in the Trinational Upper Rhine Region: How Can We Operationalize Vulnerability Using an Indicator-Based, Meso-Scale Approach? Sustainability 2020, 12, 6323. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166323

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Scholze N, Riach N, Glaser R. Assessing Climate Change in the Trinational Upper Rhine Region: How Can We Operationalize Vulnerability Using an Indicator-Based, Meso-Scale Approach? Sustainability. 2020; 12(16):6323. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166323

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Scholze, Nicolas, Nils Riach, and Rüdiger Glaser. 2020. "Assessing Climate Change in the Trinational Upper Rhine Region: How Can We Operationalize Vulnerability Using an Indicator-Based, Meso-Scale Approach?" Sustainability 12, no. 16: 6323. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166323

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