Improving understandings of consequences, vulnerabilities, and adaptation strategies to climate change related hazards

PI: Seth Tuler, Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc., Thomas Webler, Social and Environmental Research Institute, Inc.

Project Number:2011-R/RCM-32

Start Date:2011-02-01End Date:2013-07-31

Proposal Summary

The project goal is to facilitate hazard mitigation planning by coastal communities facing the potential consequences of climate change. The PI will use the VCAPS (Vulnerability and Consequences Adaptation Planning Scenarios) process which involves a structured dialogue and mediated modeling process, to help community decision-makers and stakeholders create scenarios of the possible effects of climate stressors on their community. The process is intended to focus the discussion productively, integrate the participants’ knowledge of local conditions with scientific information, and create a record of shared understanding on which to base planning decisions. The results of the VCAPS process will be compared to other planning methods and feedback elicited from practitioners and local officials to improve the process.

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