Socio-Environmental Vulnerability Mapping for Environmental and Flood Resilience Assessment: The Case of Ageing and Poverty in the City of Wrocław, Poland

Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2018 Sep;14(5):592-597. doi: 10.1002/ieam.4077.


The phenomena of urbanization and climate change interact with the growing number of older people living in cities. One of the effects of climate change is an increased riverine flooding hazard, and when floods occur this has a severe impact on human lives and comes with vast economic losses. Flood resilience management procedures should be supported by a combination of complex social and environmental vulnerability assessments. Therefore, new methodologies and tools should be developed for this purpose. One way to achieve such inclusive procedures is by incorporating a social vulnerability evaluation methodology for environmental and flood resilience assessment. These are illustrated for application in the Polish city of Wrocław. Socio-environmental vulnerability mapping, based on spatial analyses using the poverty risk index, data on the ageing population, as well as the distribution of the areas vulnerable to floods, was conducted with use of a location intelligence system combining Geographic Information System (GIS) and Business Intelligence (BI) tools. The new methodology allows for the identification of areas populated by social groups that are particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of flooding. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2018;14:592-597. © 2018 SETAC.

Keywords: Climate change; Location intelligence systems; Resilience; Riverine flood; Socio-environmental vulnerability.

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Cities
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods*
  • Floods / statistics & numerical data*
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Humans
  • Poland
  • Poverty
  • Risk Assessment
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urbanization