Turner at al. 2003: Illustrating the coupled human–environment system for vulnerability analysis

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Type of Document article (in journal)
Author B. L. Turner, P. A. Matson, J. J. McCarthy, R. W. Corell, L. Christensen, N. Eckley, G. K. Hovelsrud-Broda, J. X. Kasperson, R. E. Kasperson, A. Luers, M. L. Martelle, S. Mathiesen, R. Naylor, C. Polsky, A. Pulsipher, A. Schiller, H. Selin, N. Tyler
Title Illustrating the coupled human–environment system for vulnerability analysis: Three case studies
Year 2003
Journal PNAS
Volume 100 (14)
Pages 8080-8085
Url http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1231334100
Vulnerability System
Natural System Biophysical System
Functional Social System Economy
Groups Households
Technical System Infrastructure in general
Vulnerability Driver
Hydrometeorological driver Cyclone/Hurricane/Typhoon, Drought
Governance driver policy or policy change
Scope of driver Explicit
Spatial scale of driver regional
Temporal scale of driver Discrete Shock
Interaction between drivers Multihazard
Reference Framework
Social scale of assessment Households
Spatial unit Region, Country
Geographical area Americas
Economic group of research area Developing countries
Temporal scale of assessment Long term
Operational Approach
Research design Case study
Data collection method Content analysis
Main source of data Secondary data
Data analysis method Content analysis, Historical analysis / Policy analysis
Indicators Socio-economic, Coping capacity
Participatory approach No
Theoretical Approach
Definition of vulnerability Implicit
Theoretical approach Integrated Approach
Theoretical framework Hazards-to-consequences and consequences-to-hazards approches
Scientific community Climate change


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