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Tufts University (2022)

A Geospatial Analysis of Climate Change Vulnerability in Ethiopia

Herman, Rachel

Titre : A Geospatial Analysis of Climate Change Vulnerability in Ethiopia

Auteur : Herman, Rachel.

Université de soutenance  : Tufts University,

Grade : Master of Arts (MA) in Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning 2022

Résumé
The purpose of this thesis was to study spatial relationships among climate change vulnerabilities in Ethiopia to inform policy and planning and to offer a methodology for studying climate change impacts in areas of the world with limited data. Point data with environmental and social vulnerability variables was used for spatial analyses to determine regions of high vulnerability and their intersections. A case study was included for the capital city, Addis Ababa, to highlight the differences in climate change vulnerability in the urban environment. The findings of this thesis indicate that high social and high environmental vulnerability are most linked in the north central region of the country, and that flood-risk is a driver of environmental vulnerability in Addis, while drought is a driver of environmental vulnerability in agrarian and rural areas. Policy should be tailored on the sub-national level to address these divergent threats and may include strategies like water infrastructure improvements and food assistance.

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