An Index of Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change

The Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change Index (PVCCI) measures climate shocks and the exposure of countries (National PVCCI) and their territories (Subnational PVCCI) to these shocks.

For more than 10 years, FERDI has been calculating and regularly updating a Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change Index (PVCCI). This work has been documented in several working papers, policy briefs and published in Ecological Economics (Feindouno, Guillaumont and Simonet, 2020).

Freely available, the PVCCI measures the geophysical risks faced by countries as a result of climate change. The index is structural in nature, as it relies on exogenous factors that are independent of the countries' present policies, and, therefore, can be used as a criterion for allocating resources dedicated to adaptation to climate change.

The PVCCI is calculated for 191 countries; and to highlight the heterogeneity of the physical vulnerability of territories to climate change, a disaggregated PVCCI at the sub-national level has recently been calculated (Goujon, Santoni and Wagner, 2022).


This website provides free access to the Physical Vulnerability to Climate Change Index: tables and maps  for 191 countries and 47,138 administrative units.

This project is carried out in collaboration with the Centre for International Development Studies and Research (CERDI).


Version : 2022-09-15
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