Climatic Change

, Volume 100, Issue 3–4, pp 579–606 | Cite as

The vulnerability of beach tourism to climate change—an index approach

  • Sabine L. Perch-NielsenEmail author


The attractiveness of a region for touristic activities depends strongly on the local weather and climate. This paper analyses the vulnerability of the beach tourism sector towards climate change by means of an index approach on a country level. A vulnerability framework for the tourism sector is developed and on its basis, indicators are defined for exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. A transparent index approach, including a robustness analysis with multiple transformation methods and weighting sets, yields an assessment of the overall relative vulnerability of the beach tourism sector in 51 countries. Aggregate results on an annual level are presented as a starting point for a more detailed comparison of countries based on the individual indicators. The important limitations regarding the availability of accurate indicators as well as the concept of vulnerability itself are discussed. Despite these limitations, the present study contributes to integrating the numerous direct as well as indirect effects climate change may have on beach tourism.


Gross Domestic Product Adaptive Capacity Vulnerability Index Glob Environ Change Tourism Sector 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Environmental Sciences, Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant DynamicsETH ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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