Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment System Developed

The National Institute of Environmental Research announced that it developed a climate change adaptation toolkit, which is used to assess climate change effect and analyze vulnerability. Combining information on climate, air environment, society, economy and geography, the toolkit enables local governments to analyze the climate change effect and vulnerability without difficulty.

Based on the classification by UK Climate Impacts Program, the system makes 16 categories and analyzes information by si (city), gun (county) and gu (borough). The 16 categories include agriculture/livestock industry, horticulture/forestry, water resources/water quality, industry, health, ecosystem, air quality, fisheries, tourism/leisure, marine ecology, disaster, transport/communication, energy, construction/public works/architecture, education, and governance/public sector.

In addition, linked to the Geographic Information Systems, it can provide various information and assessment result with regard to vulnerability efficiently. Vulnerability index calculation system enables users to analyze vulnerability in a convenient way.

According to the National Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation (December 2008), climate change vulnerability map by each sector will be completed until 2012. With the use of the assessment system, damage can be minimized by preparing for sectors which have significant climate change vulnerability.

The climate change adaptation toolkit based on GIS obtained a patent in March 2010 and the system will be distributed to related departments and local governments with conducting user training program.

[Source: Republic of Korea Ministry of Environment press release]