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dc.contributor.authorFontaine, Matthew M.
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-10T23:36:35Z
dc.date.available2011-08-10T23:36:35Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/17034
dc.description.abstractThis thesis presents a technique for performing vulnerability assessments, using measures of exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity. Historically, vulnerability assessments have focused on analyzing the hazard itself, absent information on its causes and mitigations. The Vulnerability Assessment Method (VAM), presented herein, acquires data and heuristics from affected stakeholders to assess not only the hazard, but also the causes of vulnerability, potential for adaptation, previous impacts, and ways to mitigate future impacts. We apply the VAM to a case study of Washington State, assessing drought vulnerability across 34 sub-sectors. Results indicate highest vulnerability for dryland farmers, farmers with junior water rights, select fisheries, ski area operators, and the green industry. Through validation exercises, we demonstrate the VAM's internal consistency and broader applicability. Contributions of the VAM include its incorporation of stakeholder data, quantitative assessments of underlying components, and applicability to other areas and types of hazards.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipNational Science Foundation; Washington Department of Ecology; Washington Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Developmenten_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Washingtonen_US
dc.rightsCopyright is held by the individual authors.en_US
dc.subjectdroughten_US
dc.subjectdrought toleranceen_US
dc.subjectwater stressen_US
dc.subjectWashingtonen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental hazardsen_US
dc.subjectdisastersen_US
dc.subjectexposure assessmenten_US
dc.subjectrisk assessmenten_US
dc.subjectmodel validationen_US
dc.subjectrisk reductionen_US
dc.titleAssessing Vulnerability to Natural Hazards: an Impact-Based Method and Application to Drought in Washington Stateen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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