Climate change vulnerability in a tropical region based on environmental and socio-economic factors

S. Sarun, A. Ghermandi, A. M. Sheela, J. Justus, P. Vineetha

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The understanding of the regional and local dimensions of vulnerability due to climate change is essential to develop appropriate and targeted adaptation efforts. We assessed the local dimensions of vulnerability in the tropical state of Kerala, India, using a purposely developed vulnerability index, which accounts for both environmental and socio-economic factors. The large extents of coastal wetlands and lagoons and high concentration of mangrove forests make the state environmentally vulnerable. Low human development index, large population of socially deprived groups, which are dependent on the primary sector, and high population density make the state vulnerable from a socio-economic point of view. The present study investigates climate change vulnerability at the district level in the State of Kerala relying on a purposely developed composite vulnerability index that encompasses both socio-economic and environmental factors. The Kerala coast contains the socio-economically and ecologically most vulnerable regions, as demonstrated by a composite vulnerability index.

Original languageEnglish
Article number727
JournalEnvironmental Monitoring and Assessment
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2018

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  • Climate change
  • Composite vulnerability index
  • Environmental vulnerability index
  • Map
  • Socio-economic vulnerability index
  • Tropical region
  • Vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • Pollution
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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