Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Geography
Sarah J. Halvorson
Ia Iashvili, Joel Iverson, Ulrich Kamp
Caucasus Mountains, Vulnerability, Climate Change, Phenomenology, Geography
University of Montana
Incorporating localized perceptions of climatic impacts to livelihoods and traditions is critical to shaping effective adaptive climate change and disaster risk reduction strategies in the Greater Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. This study uses a phenomenological research framework to investigate the lived experience of climate and the associated impacts of its change in Upper Svaneti. In addition, a vulnerability assessment examines the social and environmental aspects of disasters, including localized perceptions. Results are drawn from eight months of field research conducted from 2012-2013. Multiple in-depth qualitative methods were implemented to generate rich descriptive data, giving way to the roles that environmental changes, disasters, and glacial recession play across six villages. Semi-structured interviews, key informant interviews, informal conversations, observations, participation, and six vulnerability assessments were undertaken. A thematic analysis of respondents’ narratives yielded themes of helplessness, fear, and perceived benefits. The resulting vulnerability assessment explores the social, economic, and political aspects that are constraining local capacities to prevent, mitigate, and recover from natural disasters.
Bordokoff, Peter Alexandrovich, "Perceptions of Climate Change and Vulnerability in Upper Svaneti, South Caucasus, Georgia" (2014). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4274.
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