Scientists Pinpoint Vulnerable Areas in New World Map

climate-changeScientists have constructed a new world map, which classifies the vulnerable areas of southern and southeastern Asia, western and central Europe, eastern South America, and southern Australia.

Scientists have used the data from the world's ecosystems and forecasts of the effects of climate change to assess the most and the least vulnerable areas of the world. The researchers belong to the Wildlife Conservation Society, the University of Queensland, and Stanford University.

The map by the researchers is expected to assist governments, environmental agencies, and donors pinpoint protected area establishments, restoration efforts, and other conservation activities.

Dr. James Watson, who is the Director of WCS's Climate Change Program and lead author of the Nature Climate Change study, says, "The analysis and map in this study is a means of bringing clarity to complicated decisions on where limited resources will do the most good".

The researchers claim that most climate change assessments produced till date are inadequate. In the research, scientists have calculated that how the change in climate in future is going to affect landscapes and seascapes.

The scientists in their research have failed to evaluate the role of human activities, which have made the landscapes vulnerable.

The vulnerability map studies, how complete an ecosystem is; and, how stable the ecosystem is going to be.