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Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Context of Multiple Stressors: the Case of Funafuti, Tuvalu

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Title: Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Context of Multiple Stressors: the Case of Funafuti, Tuvalu
Author: McCubbin, Sandra
Department: Department of Geography
Program: Geography
Advisor: Smit, Barry
Abstract: It is widely accepted that the Pacific Islands are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Most research on climate change in this region focuses on scenarios of sea-level rise, with little attention given to how people in communities experience changing climatic conditions in the context of multiple stressors. This thesis employs a community-centred analysis that considers vulnerability to climate change in the context of biophysical, social, economic, and cultural stressors, in the case of Funafuti, Tuvalu. The methods purposefully avoid prompting respondents to discuss climate change. Findings indicate that vulnerability of the Funafuti community arises from the complex interaction of urbanization, overcrowding, changing livelihoods, cultural values, limited economic opportunities, and changing climatic conditions. This research suggests that community oriented empirical studies that incorporate local knowledge and examine climate change in the context of multiple stressors, can provide guidance for locally relevant adaptation initiatives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/7537
Date: 2013-08
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada
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