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https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2021-45
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2021-45

  16 Mar 2021

16 Mar 2021

Review status: this discussion paper is a preprint. It has been under review for the journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS). The manuscript was not accepted for further review after discussion.

A new approach to assess the impact of extreme temperature conditions on social vulnerability

Ibolya Török1, Adina-Eliza Croitoru2, and Titus-Cristian Man3 Ibolya Török et al.
  • 1Hungarian Department of Geography, Research Center for Sustainable Development, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, 400006, Romania
  • 2Department of Physical and Technical Geography, Research Center for Sustainable Development, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, 400006, Romania
  • 3Department of Regional Geography and Territorial Planning, Research Center for Regional Geography, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, 400006, Romania

Abstract. The objective of this research is to develop a set of vulnerability indicators and to analyze the effect of climate factors on social vulnerability. While the main aim of the study is to improve the existing methodology by quantifying the effects of climate change on social vulnerability, it also represents a novel scientific contribution in the field, as it delimits for the first time in the Romanian literature the most vulnerable areas from this point of view. This study aims to facilitate the decision-making processes and planning efforts targeting the increase of resilience and adaptive capacity of local communities. By applying the principal component analysis, we have selected 45 variables and have constructed four aggregated indexes. The Climate-Related Social Vulnerability index (CleSoVI) has pointed out that the largest impact on the current vulnerability of settlements in the test region (Cluj County) can be attributed to the lack of adaptive capacity and increased poverty, the most vulnerable areas being represented by the eastern and north-western parts of the county. From a socio-economic point of view, local authorities' efforts should concentrate on reducing the vulnerability of these regions and preparing them to cope with- and adapt to the impact of climate change.

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Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-45', Anonymous Referee #1, 30 Mar 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Ibolya Török, 28 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2021-45', Anonymous Referee #2, 01 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Ibolya Török, 28 May 2021

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on nhess-2021-45', Anonymous Referee #1, 30 Mar 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Ibolya Török, 28 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on nhess-2021-45', Anonymous Referee #2, 01 Apr 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Ibolya Török, 28 May 2021

Ibolya Török et al.

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The results of this research were obtained based on a selection of relevant socio-economic and climate-related variables, an improved methodological assessment, and a GIS-based approach. The analysis revealed that peripheral rural areas are characterized by a high level of vulnerability associated with a low level of resilience. We found, that due to the high poverty rate and limited access to resources and services, these areas encounter difficulties in coping with the impact of climate hazards.
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