Discussion of climate change adaptation is gaining increased prominence in the literature. A key determinant in the selection of climate adaptation initiatives is the understanding of vulnerability. However, past approaches to understanding climate change vulnerability have largely focused on assessments of exposure (eg. change in temperature), to the exclusion of assessments of sensitivity (eg. regions with an aging population) or adaptive capacity (eg. the ability to implement adaptation initiatives). The authors argue that an understanding of adaptive capacity is critical to inform climate change vulnerability and to help prioritise climate change adaptation initiatives. Furthermore, the authors describe an approach that is being implemented in South East Queensland to enhance adaptive capacity for climate change response.
Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies / Vol. 2010-1