ATLAS Vulnerability Assessment Approaches & Methodologies

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to assessing climate risks to a program or activity – methodologies can range from a basic screening exercise that highlights overall risks to a robust assessment that provides in-depth analysis of when, how and to what extent climate variability and change may impact programming. ATLAS has worked across this spectrum, developing everything from high-level climate risk profiles to in-depth analyses detailing who or what is vulnerable to climate variability and change, why and how they are vulnerable and what opportunities exist to reduce these vulnerabilities. Below are some resources to help determine what type of assessment to conduct, as well as final products stemming from these multiple approaches.

Resources to determine scope
Resources to get started
Examples of various objectives and associated deliverables

Every climate vulnerability assessment begins with an objective – one’s approach to identifying and solving the problem at hand. Below are some illustrative objectives as well as examples of the types of reports one could expect as outputs from the analysis. These examples are useful for gaining a sense of varying levels of data analysis and types of conclusions and recommendations that can be used to solve problems and inform decision-making.

Objective: Identify high-level climate risks across multiple sectors at a country level

Objective: Evaluate climate risks to a specific sector within a country

Objective: Identify climate risks or impacts within a specific geography

Objective: Analyze the adaptive capacity of groups, ecosystems, infrastructure, etc.

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