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

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dc.contributor.advisor Smit, Barry McCubbin, Sandra 2013-09-13T19:31:33Z 2013-09-13T19:31:33Z 2013-08 2013-07-11 2013-09-13
dc.description.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. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada Research Chairs Program, Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplements en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
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dc.subject climate change en_US
dc.subject vulnerability en_US
dc.subject adaptation en_US
dc.subject Tuvalu en_US
dc.subject multiple stressors en_US
dc.subject small islands en_US
dc.subject Pacific Islands en_US
dc.subject communities en_US
dc.subject adaptive capacity en_US
dc.title Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Context of Multiple Stressors: the Case of Funafuti, Tuvalu en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Geography en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Geography en_US
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