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Friday, April 6 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.06 Heat Wave Vulnerability Assessment and Planning for Adaptation to Heat Wave: Focus on Seoul

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Evolution of heat wave risk in large cities is associated with regional climate changes in interaction with urban heat island effect. Accordingly, vulnerability to heat wave is an emerging concept in climate change and policy. Over the last few decades, many efforts focused on assessing vulnerability to extremely hot climate based on primary concepts of climate change vulnerability. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, vulnerability is an integrated concept which can encompass or integrate socio-economic, physical, environmental, and climatic factors. However, although integrated assessment of climate change vulnerability is performed, a substantial body of climate change literature fails to apply this criterion to their work. From the perspective of sustainable planning for adaptation to climate change, this study aims to build a comprehensive assessment model based on both climatic and non-climatic determinants of vulnerability to climate change, including adaptive capacity, underlying previous relevant literature to quantify heat wave vulnerability at a community scale. This study also performs an exploratory investigation of the spatial pattern of vulnerable regions in Seoul to heat wave by applying exploratory spatial data analysis. Afterward, according to an integrated conceptual framework of climate change vulnerability assessment, we first classify types of community and then select sites with high and low adaptive capacity to heat wave for case study. Based on case study results and related context, we finally propose planning strategies for adaptation to heat wave for each community. This study can contribute to improving the understanding of integrated approaches to climate change vulnerability assessment and their evolution within the community.


Ye Seul Choi, Yonsei University; Jaewon Kim, Yonsei University; Up Lim, Yonsei University


Friday April 6, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Provincial Ballroom (2nd Floor)