9781107025066

Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

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  • ISBN13:

    9781107025066

  • ISBN10:

    1107025060

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-05-28
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr

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This Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report (IPCC-SREX) explores the challenge of understanding and managing the risks of climate extremes to advance climate change adaptation. Extreme weather and climate events, interacting with exposed and vulnerable human and natural systems, can lead to disasters. Changes in the frequency and severity of the physical events affect disaster risk, but so do the spatially diverse and temporally dynamic patterns of exposure and vulnerability. Some types of extreme weather and climate events have increased in frequency or magnitude, but populations and assets at risk have also increased, with consequences for disaster risk. Opportunities for managing risks of weather- and climate-related disasters exist or can be developed at any scale, local to international. Prepared following strict IPCC procedures, SREX is an invaluable assessment for anyone interested in climate extremes, environmental disasters and adaptation to climate change, including policymakers, the private sector and academic researchers.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Summary for policymakers
Climate change: new dimensions in disaster risk, exposure, vulnerability and resilience
Determinants of risk: exposure and vulnerability
Changes in climate extremes and their impacts on the natural physical environment
Changes in impacts of climate extremes: human systems and ecosystems
Managing the risks from climate extremes at the local level
National systems for managing the risks from climate extremes and disasters
Managing the risks: international level and integration across scales
Toward a sustainable and resilient future
Case studies
Authors and expert reviewers
Glossary of terms
Acronyms
List of major IPCC reports
Index
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