Climate change projections for 2100 suggest a best estimate of global average surface temperature to rise by 4 ºC (IPCC, 2007). With a 4°C rise in global mean temperature, inundation of coastal areas, increased intensity of tropical cyclones; unprecedented heat waves, exacerbated water scarcity; increasing risks for food production and irreversible loss of biodiversity is not far fetched with far reaching impacts on the developing countries which have inherent weak adaptive capacity and improper governance mechanism in place.
A current vulnerability assessment study can then be a starting point for the communities to learn the impacts of climate change and adapt to it. This study also attempts to make an overall vulnerability assessment framework which integrates physical, social and environment vulnerability assessment.
This case study findings suggests with respect to developing countries what are the major impediments that add to the vulnerability of the coastal rural communities?
This study is now available on Springer’s Handbook on Climate change Adaptation here