Selection of Scale in Vulnerability and Resilience Assessments
Tim G. Frazier*
Department of Geography, University of Idaho, Idaho 83844-3021, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Tim G. Frazier
Department of Geography
University of Idaho
Idaho 83844-3021, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 24, 2012; Accepted Date: July 26, 2012; Published Date: July 28, 2012
Citation: Frazier TG (2012) Selection of Scale in Vulnerability and Resilience Assessments. J Geogr Nat Disast 2:e108. doi:10.4172/2167-0587.1000e108
Copyright: © 2012 Frazier TG. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Society is vulnerable to natural disasters and impacts from climate change. Vulnerability, as discussed here, is defined as the potential for loss, and is expressed as a function of exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. Exposure is a function of an object’s proximity to a hazard, sensitivity as differential degrees of potential loss of exposed objects, and adaptive capacity as the ability of an object or system to adjust to hazards and impacts.