Mapping vulnerability to climate change-related hazards: Children at risk in a US-Mexico border metropolis

  • Collins T
  • Grineski S
  • Ford P
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Abstract

There are significant human impacts associated with climate change. This paper introduces a model for identifying small area risks associated with children's vulnerability to climate change-related hazard exposures, which is transferable to other regions and adaptable to varied population and exposure scenarios. The cross-national El Paso-Ciudad Juárez (US-Mexico) metropolis serves as the study area for model implementation, which involves mapping social vulnerability, hazard exposure, and cumulative climate change-related risks. This study addresses two limitations of extant fine-scale climate change vulnerability mapping studies. First, rather than focusing on one exposure variable, it assesses the combined risks of multiple exposures (extreme heat, peak ozone, and floods) and, thus, offers a model for mapping neighborhood-level cumulative climate change exposure risks. Second, it provides a model for small area spatial analyses of climate change vulnerability within low-/middle-income countries and in contexts where climate change risks (and appropriate responses) are cross-national in scope. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Children
  • Climate change
  • GIS
  • Hazard
  • Risk
  • US-Mexico border
  • Vulnerability

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Authors

  • Timothy W. Collins

  • Sara E. Grineski

  • Paula Ford

  • Raed Aldouri

  • María de Lourdes Romo Aguilar

  • Gilberto Velázquez-Angulo

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