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Assessing Indian cities for vulnerability to climate change

Kelkar, Ulka and Balachandra, P and Gurtoo, Anjula (2011) Assessing Indian cities for vulnerability to climate change. In: 2nd International Conference on Environmental Science and Development, 2011, Singapore.

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This paper critically evaluates the vulnerability of Indian cities to climate change in the context of sustainable development. City-scale indicators are developed for multiple dimensions of security and vulnerability. Factor analysis is employed to construct a vulnerability ranking of 46 major Indian cities. The analysis reveals that high aggregate levels of wealth do not necessarily make a city less vulnerable. Two, cities with diversified economic opportunities could adapt better to the new risks posed by climate change, than cities with unipolar opportunities. Three, highly polluted cities are more vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change, and cities with severe groundwater depletion will find it difficult to cope with increased rainfall variability. Policy and sustainability issues are discussed for these results.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Publisher: IACSIT Press
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to IACSIT Press.
Keywords: Climate Change; Sustainable Cities; Urban Management; System Vulnerability
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Sciences > Management Studies
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 09:38
Last Modified: 10 May 2013 09:38
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46356

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