The main objective of WASCAL is to enhance the resilience of social-ecological systems to the impacts of climate change and increased climate variability. Specific objectives of the work undertaken at UNU-EHS are:
- to identify, characterize and quantify major climate change-related hazards to rural households/communities at different spatial and temporal scales
- to determine the probability of occurrence and potential intensity of those hazards
- to analyse rural households’ exposure, vulnerabilities and risks to rapid onset and creeping hazards in the context of climate change
- to explore potential coping and adaptation strategies in order to reduce the overall vulnerability and risk and increase the resilience to the identified hazards.
UNU-EHS coordinates a work package on Risk Assessment and Analysis within WASCAL, which aims to identify social groups among rural households that are the most affected by the consequences of climate change and related environmental hazards, to explore their coping and adaptation possibilities and to develop a multi-hazard risk assessment approach at multiple scales. Using in-situ data, household surveys and remotely sensed data climate induced risks mainly focusing on floods and droughts will be assessed.
Important outcomes of the research will be exposure, vulnerability and risk profiles at various spatial scales for Burkina Faso, Ghana and Benin. Furthermore, based on the research conducted within this Work Package, recommendations on suitable coping and adaptation strategies will be derived.