Methods for Evaluating Social Vulnerability to Drought

Iglesias Picazo, Ana and Moneo Laín, Marta and Quiroga Gomez, Sonia (2008). Methods for Evaluating Social Vulnerability to Drought. In: "Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems Drought Management and Policy Development in the Mediterranean". Advances in Natural and Technological Hazards Research, 26 . Springer, CIHEAM, London, UK., pp. 153-160. ISBN 978-1-4020-9044-8. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9045-5_11.

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Title: Methods for Evaluating Social Vulnerability to Drought
Author/s:
  • Iglesias Picazo, Ana
  • Moneo Laín, Marta
  • Quiroga Gomez, Sonia
Item Type: Book Section
Title of Book: Coping with Drought Risk in Agriculture and Water Supply Systems Drought Management and Policy Development in the Mediterranean
Date: 2008
ISBN: 978-1-4020-9044-8
Volume: 26
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: risk, cause, socio-economic, environmental, vulnerability index.
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Agrónomos (UPM) [antigua denominación]
Department: Economía y Ciencias Sociales Agrarias [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Social vulnerability to drought is complex and it is reflected by society’s capacity to anticipate, cope with and respond. Here we estimate these aspects of social vulnerability, evaluating the natural resource structure, the economic capacity, the human and civic resources, and aspects of agricultural innovation. These factors are components of a vulnerability index and they can be weighted appropriately in computing the final value of the index. In this chapter we present the results of the index under two valuation scenarios. For Scenario 1 all components are valued equally. For Scenario 2 the human resources component is given 50% of the weight, the economic and natural resource components are given 20% of the weight each, and the agricultural technology is given 10% of the weight. This reflects the assumption that a society with institutional capacity and coordination and mechanisms for public participation is less vulnerable to drought and that agriculture is only one of the sectors affected by drought. The vulnerability index establishes robust conclusions since the range of values across countries does not change with the assumptions under the two scenarios.

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Item ID: 4946
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/4946/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:4946
DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-9045-5_11
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com/content/r81r831006287114/
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 19 Nov 2010 12:03
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 13:57
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