Climate Change Vulnerability Profiles For North East India
Current Science, Vol. 101, No. 3, August 2011
11 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2012
Date Written: August 11, 2011
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
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