Climate Vulnerability

Understanding and Addressing Threats to Essential Resources


  • Roger A. Pielke, Sr., Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, USA

Climate change has been the subject of thousands of books and magazines, scientific journals, and newspaper articles daily. It’s a subject that can be very political and emotional, often blurring the lines between fact and fiction. The vast majority of research, studies, projections and recommendations tend to focus on the human influence on climate change and global warming as the result of CO2 emissions, often to the exclusion of other threats that include population growth and the stress placed on energy sources due to emerging global affluence.

Climate Vulnerability seeks to strip away the politics and emotion that surround climate change and will assess the broad range of threats using the bottom up approach—including CO2 emissions, population growth, emerging affluence, and many others—to our five most critical resources: water, food, ecosystems, energy, and human health. Inclusively determining what these threats are while seeking preventive measures and adaptations is at the heart of this unique reference work.

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Academic, Government and Corporatee Scientists and Researchers from the following disciplines: Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Food Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Engineering, who are interested in climate change.


Book information

  • Published: April 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-384703-4

Table of Contents

Vulnerability of Human Health to Climate

1.11 The emergence of the climate change and human health discussion: a keyword analysis

1.3 Extreme weather events

1.4 Stratospheric ozone depletion

1.5 Sea level rise and coastal inundation

1.6 Impact of environmental change on ecosystem services and human wellbeing in southern Africa

1.9 Biodiversity loss and ecosystem function

1.14 Climate change health effects, risks and impacts with focus on food-borne diseases and nutrition

1.15 Heat related morbidity and mortality

1.16 Climate change, urban air pollution and respiratory allergy

1.17 Precipitation and flood hazards

1.25 HIV, TB and malnutrition

1.20 Occupational health

1.21 Cold related morbidity and mortality

1.26 Vulnerable countries

1.24 Reducing human exposure and vulnerability through improved risk communication and public health education

Vulnerability of Food Resources to Climate

2.3 Corn

2.4 Soybean

2.6 Rice

2.8 Fruits and Strawberries

2.14 International Fishery

2.16 Climate and other vulnerabilities impacting Poultry Industry

2.17 Animal Production/Pork

2.21 Mediterranean agriculture

2.23 Retrospective droughts, heat spells, and other stressors: impacts and implications for corn and soybean yields in the Midwest

2.24 Assessing vulnerabilities and adaptation approach - useful to usable tools

2.27 Vulnerabilities to AgroEconomies with focus over India

2.28 Amazon focus

2.33 Role of engineering plants for abiotic stresses

2.34 Blending the local scale information for developing agricultural sustainability

2.38 Wetlands

Vulnerability of Energy to Climate

3.2 Climate Change and Energy Vulnerability in Coastal Regions

3.4 Vulnerabilities of energy resources and resource availability - Fossil fuels (Oil, coal, natural gas, oil shale)

3.10 Renewable Energy Resources - Onshore/Offshore Wind Energy

3.11 Renewable Energy Resources - Ocean Energy: Wind/Wave/Tidal/Sea Currents

3.12 Renewable Energy Resources - Biomass (Land and Water)

3.9 Renewable energy resources - solar energy

3.16 Intrastructure and vulnerability due to climate

3.17 Climate change and Energy Production - feedback and interation with adaptation

3.18 Energy markets

3.27 Transmission Grid

3.19 Energy Networks

3.20 Renewable Energy and Water Resources

3.21 Energy, Buildings and Urban Environment

3.22 Transportation and energy

3.23 Large energy projects, efficiency and vulnerability

Vulnerability of Ecosystems to Climate

4.1 Introduction/overview: The importance of ecosystem functions and services

4.2 Land use change

4.3 Nitrogen deposition

4.4 Carbon dioxide enrichment

4.5 Invasive plants and animal species

4.6 Emergent pathogens and diseases

4.9 Extreme weather events

4.10 Energy exchange and regulation

4.11 Climate regulation by ecosystems - Controls on carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems

4.14 Controls on provisioning services - Food and fiber

4.16 Pollination and biodiversity

4.15 Controls on provisioning services - Forest productivity

4.17 Controls on provisioning services - Rangeland productivity

4.19 Coastal protection and flood mitigation

4.23 Biodiversity - Aquatic Food web structure and stability

4.24 Biodiversity - Terrestrial Food web structure and stability

4.25 Aesthetics, Recreation and Ecotourism

4.26 Desertification of rangelands

4.27 Vulnerability of coral reefs

4.32 Cumulative risk to ecosystem function

4.36 Mitigation and Adaptation

4.37 Vulnerability of terrestrial biodiversity

4.38 Vulnerability of estuaries

4.39 Vulnerability and adaptation in the Arctic

4.40 Climate sensitivity of the ski industry

Vulnerability of Water Resources to Climate

5.1 Factors affecting recent trends in global extreme precipitation patterns

5.2 Epitomes Toward An Integrated Theoretical And Modeling Framework To Mitigate Climage Change In Coastal Ecosystems

5.3 Factors affecting precipitation patterns in urban landscapes

5.4 Orographic precipitation and water resources management in mountainous regions

5.5 Hydrological risk management

5.6 Global water use/sustainability in deltaic environments

5.8 Vulnerability-based Flood Mapping

5.9 Urban water resources management for the 21st century

5.12 Remote Sensing of Precipitation for Water Resources Management in Semi-Arid Regions

5.14 Pacific Northwest - Sustainability of hydropower generation in North America: Comparison with other renewal options

5.17 Eastern Africa - Water resources of East Africa

5.18 West Africa - Water resources vulnerability using a Multi-dimensional approach: Case study of Volta Basin

5.19 South America (Amazon) - Rainfall patterns and forest logging

5.20 South Asia - Surface hydrologic controls of public health in coastal regions of South Asia

5.21 South Asia - Changing patterns of water availablity due to large scale groundwater extraction in South Asia

5.22 South America - Snow pack trends and implications on water supply for the Andes.

5.24 Europe - Natural Hazards assessment in mountainous terrains of Europe

5.26 Arctic - Changing discharge patterns of Arctic Rivers

5.27 China - Water resources of China under high development stress

5.28 Climate change adaptation strategies for water resources management in Bangladesh

5.31 North Africa. Nubian Sandstone Aquifers: History, Consumption, Recharge and Sustainability

5.36 Flood Inundation and Crop Damage Mapping and the Impact on Rural Income and Migration for Humid Deltas: Case Study on Bangladesh

5.38 Case studies of Adaptation against Water Resource: Vulnerability for the Netherlands from Climate and non-Climate Scenarios

5.39 Paleo-climate record Analysis for Understanding the Tropical Hydrologic Cycle in Abrupt Climate Change

5.40 Water resources vulnerability in the context of rapid urbanization of Dhaka city (a south Asian mega city)