Environmental Justice, 04/2016, Vol.9(2), pp.33-47
The perception of climate change impacts is strongly influenced by the underlying social realities. In order to develop a model for climate change adaptation policies, the CC-VISAGES project (Climate Change Inferred through Social Analysis, Geography, and Environmental Systems) developed a Climatological Environmental Justice Index (CEJI) based on a developed Human Stress Index (HSI) and the Temperature Humidity Index (THI). Through a geographical information system (GIS) representation of HSI, THI, and CEJI, a vulnerability ranking of all communities in Germany, Canada, and Brazil could be revealed. The variables have been selected and measured in a country comparable manner allowing to proportion communities between the different countries. The data have been gathered from the nomenclature of territorial units for statistics (NUTS) level 3 (community level). This article will show how HSI has been developed and combined with the THI in order to develop the CEJI. A list of the vulnerable areas in each country according to HIS, THI, and ECJI will be presented as the findings and discussed.
Adaptability ; Environmental Equity ; Social Analysis ; Perception ; Climate Change ; Temperature ; Stress ; Humidity ; Vulnerability ; Geographic Information Systems ; Geography ; Asw, Brazil ; Anw, Canada ; Germany ; Weather Modification & Geophysical Change;
Mary Ann Liebert (via CrossRef)