Climate Change Vulnerability Profiles For North East India

Current Science, Vol. 101, No. 3, August 2011

11 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2012

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N. H. Ravindranath

Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Sandhya Rao

Nitte University - Justice K.S. Hegde Institute of Management

Nitasha Sharma

Indiana University Bloomington

Malini Nair

Indian Institute of Science; Texas A&M University

Ranjith Gopalakrishnan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ananya Rao

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sumedha Malaviya

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rakesh Tiwari

Independent

Anitha Sagadevan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Madhushree Munsi

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment

Niharika Krishna

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Balatchandirane Govindasamy

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 11, 2011

Abstract

Climate change vulnerability profiles are developed at the district level for agriculture, water and forest sectors for the North East region of India for the current and projected future climates. An index-based approach was used where a set of indicators that represent key sectors of vulnerability (agriculture, forest, water) is selected using the statistical technique principal component analysis. The impacts of climate change on key sectors as represented by the changes in the indicators were derived from impact assessment models. These impacted indicators were utilized for the calculation of the future vulnerability to climate change. Results indicate that majority of the districts in North East India are subject to climate induced vulnerability currently and in the near future. This is a first of its kind study that exhibits ranking of districts of North East India on the basis of the vulnerability index values. The objective of such ranking is to assist in: identifying and prioritizing the most vulnerable sectors and districts; identifying adaptation interventions, and mainstreaming adaptation in development programmes.

Keywords: agriculture, climate change, forest, vulnerability index, water

Suggested Citation

Ravindranath, N. H. and Rao, Sandhya and Sharma, Nitasha and Nair, Malini and Gopalakrishnan, Ranjith and Rao, Ananya and Malaviya, Sumedha and Tiwari, Rakesh and Sagadevan, Anitha and Munsi, Madhushree and Krishna, Niharika and Govindasamy, Balatchandirane, Climate Change Vulnerability Profiles For North East India (August 11, 2011). Current Science, Vol. 101, No. 3, August 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2140671

N. H. Ravindranath

Indian Institute of Science (IISc)

Bangalore, IN Karnataka 560012
India

Sandhya Rao

Nitte University - Justice K.S. Hegde Institute of Management ( email )

NMAMIT,
Nitte
Karnataka, 574110
India

Nitasha Sharma

Indiana University Bloomington ( email )

Dept of Biology
100 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Malini Nair (Contact Author)

Indian Institute of Science ( email )

Bangalore
India

Texas A&M University ( email )

College Station, TX
United States

Ranjith Gopalakrishnan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ananya Rao

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sumedha Malaviya

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rakesh Tiwari

Independent ( email )

Anitha Sagadevan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Madhushree Munsi

Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment

India

Niharika Krishna

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Balatchandirane Govindasamy

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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