Assessment of Capabilityand Vulnerability
The word ‘vulnerability’ is used in the English hazards and disaster management literature in a large number of ways. This is not necessarily a matter of ambiguity or semantic drift, but disciplinary focus. Essentially, these different uses have invisible, implied adjectives preceding them, hence:
- structural engineering vulnerability;
- lifeline infrastructural vulnerability;
- communications system vulnerability;
- macro-economic vulnerability;
- regional economic vulnerability;
- commercial vulnerability (including insurance exposure);
- social vulnerability.
What they all have in common is the core notion of ‘potential for disruption or harm’. Maps and other assessments ...