Climate Change Research ›› 2012, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (2): 79-83.

• Special Section on IPCC Special Report of Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Adva •     Next Articles

Climate Change: New Dimensions in Disaster Risk, Exposure, Vulnerability, and Resilience


  • Received:2012-02-23 Revised:2012-03-02 Online:2012-03-30 Published:2012-03-30

Abstract: A Changing climate can result in unprecedented extreme weather and climate events. The possibility of these events leading to disasters depends strongly on the level of vulnerability and exposure. Although risks cannot fully be eliminated, both disaster risk management and adaption to climate change focus on reducing vulnerability and exposure, as well as increasing resilience to the potential adverse impacts of extreme events, thus promoting sustainability in social and economic development. A more comprehensive disaster risk management raises challenges for the proper allocation of efforts among disaster risk reduction, disaster management, and so on. Disaster risk reduction becomes emphasis of concern currently as opposed to mainstream historical disaster management. This prospective disaster risk management and adaption can contribute to avoiding future, and not just reducing existing risk and disaster, and provide a background for closer integration of disaster risk management and adaption to climate change. Disaster risk management can help those practicing adaption to climate change to learn from addressing current impacts, and adaption to climate change can help those practicing disaster risk management to more effectively address future conditions that will differ from those of today.

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