IPCC SPECIAL REPORT
THE REGIONAL IMPACTS
OF CLIMATE CHANGE:
AN ASSESSMENT OF VULNERABILITY
The Special Report explores the potential consequences of changes in climate for ten continental- or subcontinental scale regions. Because of the uncertainties associated with regional projections of climate change, the report necessarily takes the approach of assessing sensitivities and vulnerabilities of each region, rather than attempting to provide quantitative predictions of the impacts of climate change. As in the
SAR, “vulnerability” is the extent to which climate change may damage or harm a system; it is a function of both sensitivity to climate and the ability to adapt to new conditions.