Reviewing Bayesian Networks Potentials for Climate Change Impacts Assessment and Management: A Multi-Risk Perspective

J Environ Manage. 2017 Nov 1;202(Pt 1):320-331. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.07.044.


The evaluation and management of climate change impacts on natural and human systems required the adoption of a multi-risk perspective in which the effect of multiple stressors, processes and interconnections are simultaneously modelled. Despite Bayesian Networks (BNs) are popular integrated modelling tools to deal with uncertain and complex domains, their application in the context of climate change still represent a limited explored field. The paper, drawing on the review of existing applications in the field of environmental management, discusses the potential and limitation of applying BNs to improve current climate change risk assessment procedures. Main potentials include the advantage to consider multiple stressors and endpoints in the same framework, their flexibility in dealing and communicate with the uncertainty of climate projections and the opportunity to perform scenario analysis. Some limitations (i.e. representation of temporal and spatial dynamics, quantitative validation), however, should be overcome to boost BNs use in climate change impacts assessment and management.

Keywords: Climate change; Integrated modelling; Multiple stressors; Probabilistic risk assessment; Uncertainty.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bayes Theorem
  • Climate
  • Climate Change*
  • Humans
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Uncertainty