Title: Climate Vulnerability of the Supply-Chain: Literature and Methodological review
Authors: ANDREONI ValeriaMIOLA Apollonia
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC93420
ISBN: 978-92-79-44668-9
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 26994
OP LB-NA-26994-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC93420
DOI: 10.2788/38860
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The increasing complexity of the present economic system and the strong interdependencies existing between production activities taking place in different world areas make modern societies vulnerable to crisis. The global supply-chain is a paradigmatic example of economic structures on which the impacts of unexpected events propagate rapidly through the system. Climate change, which affects societies all over the world, is one of the most important factors influencing the efficiency of the present economic networks. During the last decades a large set of studies have been oriented to investigate the direct impacts generated on specific geographical areas or productions. However, a smaller number of analyses have been oriented to quantify the cascading economic effects generated all over the world. The great complexity of the global economic system, coupled with methodological and data gaps makes it difficult to estimate the domino effects of unexpected events. A clear understanding of the possible consequences generated all over the world is, however, a fundamental step to build socio-economic resilience and to plan effective adaptation strategies. Within this context, the main objective of the present report is to provide an overview of the main studies, methodologies and databases used to investigate the climate vulnerability of the global supply chain. This information can be useful to i) support further studies, ii) to build consistent quantification methodologies, and iii) to fill the possible data gap.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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