Progress in New Tools for Participatory Vulnerability Analysis to Climate Stressors

Sunday, February 17, 2013
Room 201 (Hynes Convention Center)
Thomas Webler , Social and Environmental Research Institute, Greenfield, MA
City officials want to better understand how their communities are vulnerable to climate change.  We used social science of hazard management and deliberative learning to develop a method for participatory vulnerability assessment that organizes expert and local knowledge about climate hazards.  Facilitated deliberation promotes learning and is favored by participants as a “natural” way of carrying out self-governance. We report here on the results of employing this method in the City of Boston.