International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

Date of Award

6-2021

Degree Type

Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P)

Department

International Development, Community and Environment

Chief Instructor

Timothy Downs

Abstract

With climate change impacting every corner of the globe, the health and well-being of all humans is threatened, especially in heavily populated areas such as the Mexico City Region (MCR). With this threat continuously growing it is important to not only be aware of the problem and its complications but have a framework and process that will allow for rapid and well-rounded analyses of how at risk the residents of certain areas are to the threats of climate change. However, with analyzing the impacts of climate change on any sector, including human health and well-being, three conundrums arise: the socio-ecological complexity, varying temporal and spatial scales, and the stakeholder diversity conundrum. With no official framework to analyze the threat of climate change to human health and well-being in any setting, one was created combining aspects of both resilience and vulnerability frameworks while mitigating the conundrums that come with the process of carrying out this, or any, framework. With this framework completed, fieldwork can be conducted using it as a roadmap leading to not only an understanding of the threats against health and well-being in the MCR but help identifying existing and future sustainable, equitable solutions and may be altered to serve other areas and places of interest.

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