Scales as a challenge for vulnerability assessment

Fekete, Alexander, Damm, Marion and Birkmann, Joern, (2010). Scales as a challenge for vulnerability assessment. Natural Hazards, 55(3), 729-748

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  • Sub-type Journal article
    Author Fekete, Alexander
    Damm, Marion
    Birkmann, Joern
    Title Scales as a challenge for vulnerability assessment
    Appearing in Natural Hazards
    Volume 55
    Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2010
    Place of Publication Dordrecht
    Publisher Springer
    Start page 729
    End page 748
    Language eng
    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to introduce scale as a basic tool for improving the conceptual structure of vulnerability assessments. The terminology useful for vulnerability assessments and the current use of scale issues in theoretical vulnerability frameworks will be discussed briefly. Two case studies working on sub-national and on local level will demonstrate problems as well as benefits resulting from scale implications. Both assessments analyse vulnerability in context to river floods in Germany. In order to develop a spatial comparison and to integrate topics like environment and society, vulnerability assessments need to be aware of scale implications. The main point is that a scale debate on a broader spectrum than just in technical spatial terms is missing in vulnerability and risk conceptualisations so far. Vulnerability assessments and scale are highly intertwined, not only in technical application but also in conceptualisation, which needs more scientific development.

    Copyright Holder Springer
    Copyright Year 2010
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