Book Chapter

Lessons Learned for Adaptation to Climate Change

Sarah Boulter, Jean Palutikof, David John Karoly

NATURAL DISASTERS AND ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2013

Abstract

All disasters have certain features that can be compared: The event itself, the immediate response of the community and government and the long-term response that is aimed at reducing the impact of any future similar events. The previous chapters have provided accounts of eighteen very different extreme events (summarised in Table 24.1). All, with the exception of the tsunami in south-east Asia (Hettiarachchi and Dias, Chapter 16), are directly tied to climate and weather extremes. Each presents its own unique challenges – dependant on the nature of the extreme event, how it unfolded (timing and location) and the existing vulnerability and adaptive capacity of the affected communities. Yet a..

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