Climate and Weather Hazards and Hazard Drivers

Authored by: Kate Crowley , Nava Fedaeff , Gregor Macara , Melanie Duncan

The Routledge Handbook of Disaster Risk Reduction Including Climate Change Adaptation

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138924567
eBook ISBN: 9781315684260
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408659

10.4324/9781315684260.ch5

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Abstract

Understanding natural hazards is, alongside understanding our capacities and vulnerabilities, a critical foundation for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA). There can be little progress in reducing risk and adapting to hazards without fully understanding where, when and how a hazard may impact an area. Our understanding of these hazards may originate from experience, knowledge as well as scientific research. However, climate and weather hazards are dynamic owing to natural climate variability and, more recently, anthropogenic climate change. Our current understanding of these hazards combined with our changing vulnerabilities may no longer provide us with the knowledge we need to adapt, survive and thrive.

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