Social Vulnerability Climate Assessment: A Review of Methodological Approaches and a Framework for Application on Public Lands
John B.M. Gioia (Western State Colorado University), Trevor L. Even (Colorado State University), Shannon M. McNeeley (Colorado State University, North Central Climate Science Center), Corrine N. Knapp
(Center for Environment & Sustainability, Western State Colorado University), Tyler A. Beeton (Graduate Degree Program in Ecology & North Central Climate Science Center, Colorado State University)
We reviewed a number of existing methods for social vulnerability assessment for their strengths and weaknesses in the context of public lands management issues, including:
• Indicators Based Approaches
• Integrated Assessments
• Scenario Assessment
• Case Studies
Ultimately, we determined that a successful approach to social vulnerability assessment for public lands management would incorporate aspects of each of the reviewed approaches and place significant importance on three particular aspects: (1) Institution-actor relationships; (2) Stakeholder participation; and (3) Integration of top-down and bottom-up data (See figure below).
Livestock ranching and outdoor recreation and tourism are vulnerable to both climate-related and non climate-related impacts. For both sectors, many of these impacts overlap whereas others are more specific to one or the other (See figure below).