Development of the Korean climate change vulnerability assessment tool (VESTAP)-centered on health vulnerability to heat waves

Kwan Young Oh, Moung Jin Lee, Seong Woo Jeon

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop a Korean climate change vulnerability assessment tool, the Vulnerability Assessment Tool to build Climate Change Adaptation Plan (VESTAP). Based on Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change methodology, VESTAP can be used to evaluate Korea's vulnerability to major climate impacts (including 32 conditions in 8 categories). VESTAP is based on RCP 4.5/8.5 scenarios and can provide evaluation results in 10-year intervals from the 2010s to 2040s. In addition, this paper presents the results of a case study using VESTAP for targeted assessment of health vulnerability to heat waves under the RCP 8.5 scenario for the 2040s. Through vulnerability assessment at the province level in South Korea, Daegu Metropolitan City was identified as the most vulnerable region. The municipality and submunicipality levels of Daegu were also assessed in separate stages. The results indicated that Pyeongni 3-Dong in Seo-Gu was most vulnerable. Through comprehensive analysis of the results, the climate exposure index was identified as the greatest contributor to health vulnerability in Korea. Regional differences in climate exposure can be moderated by social investment in improving sensitivity and adaptive capacity. This study is significant in presenting a quantitative assessment of vulnerability to climate change by the administrative unit in South Korea. The results of this study are expected to contribute to the efficient development and implementation of climate change adaptation policies in South Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1103
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Volume9
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jun 24

Keywords

  • Adaptive capacity
  • Climate change
  • Health vulnerability
  • Heat wave
  • IPCC AR4
  • Vulnerability assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Development of the Korean climate change vulnerability assessment tool (VESTAP)-centered on health vulnerability to heat waves'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this