The geographical sciences recognize that vulnerabilities are dynamic across space and time. Opportunities to expand our understanding of the changing patterns of vulnerability in response to environmental change are most likely to come through research focused on underexamined contexts and through research that looks for patterns and processes across geographical spaces and scales. Advances in our understanding are most likely to be achieved through investigations that examine issues of resilience, sustainability, and adaptation at local scales, and their relationships to larger scale processes.
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