23 May 2016

Busby and CEPSA Research Team Introduce Asian Climate Security Vulnerability Model 1.0

In CEPSA Research Brief No. 1 titled “Climate Security Vulnerability in Asia 1.0”, CEPSA Researcher Joshua Busby and his team discuss the climate-related hazard vulnerabilities of South and Southeast Asia and the growing threat of climate change in exacerbating climate-related threats. Asian countries have among the highest numbers of people exposed to the impacts of climate-related hazards, yet these countries receive less attention and aid than other regions of the world.

The researchers highlight the importance of further study in Asia and expand upon a framework for measuring climate vulnerability in the region. In measuring climate vulnerability, Busby and his team adapt and apply the Strauss Center’s Climate Change and African Political Stability model to 11 countries in South and Southeast Asia. The model analyzes climate security vulnerability in terms of four baskets: physical exposure, population density, household and community resilience, and governance. After this first iteration CEPSA’s the Asian Climate Security Vulnerability model (ACSV 1.0), Busby and his team are incorporating other factors such as heat wave events and land degradation to more accurately identify areas of climate security vulnerability.

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