Vulnerability is the degree to which a system is susceptible to, and unable to cope with, adverse effects of climate change. It has three main dimensions: exposure to changes in climate; sensitivity to such changes; and the capacity of a system to adapt to them. See figure below.
Figure: Vulnerability assessment approach
An assessment of the vulnerability of the Goulburn Broken Catchment’s natural resources to climate change has been undertaken using three climate change scenarios :
Table: Criteria used for assessing vulnerability