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Climate 2016, 4(1), 8; doi:10.3390/cli4010008

A Common Methodology for Risk Assessment and Mapping of Climate Change Related Hazards—Implications for Climate Change Adaptation Policies

Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna, Universitätsstrasse 7, 1010 Vienna, Austria
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Received: 30 November 2015 / Revised: 8 January 2016 / Accepted: 19 January 2016 / Published: 2 February 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Risk Assessment and Management)
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Abstract

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2014, suggests that an important increase in frequency and magnitude of hazardous processes related to climate change is to be expected at the global scale. Consequently, it is necessary to improve the level of preparedness and the level of public awareness, to fill institutional gaps, and to improve territorial planning in order to reduce the potentially disastrous impact of natural hazards related to climate change. This paper mainly presents a new framework for risk assessment and mapping which enables countries with limited data sources to assess their risk to climate change related hazards at the local level, in order to reduce potential costs, to develop risk reduction strategies, to harmonize their preparedness efforts with neighboring countries and to deal with trans-boundary risk. The methodology is based on the European Commission’s “Risk Assessment and Mapping Guidelines for Disaster Management” (2010) and considers local restrictions, such as a lack of documentation of historic disastrous events, spatial and other relevant data, offering alternative options for risk assessment, and the production of risk maps. The methodology is based on event tree analysis. It was developed within the European project SEERISK and adapted for a number of climate change-related hazards including floods, heat waves, wildfires, and storms. Additionally, the framework offers the possibility for risk assessment under different future scenarios. The implications for climate change adaptation policy are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate change; natural hazards; common risk assessment methodology; adaptation policy climate change; natural hazards; common risk assessment methodology; adaptation policy
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Papathoma-Köhle, M.; Promper, C.; Glade, T. A Common Methodology for Risk Assessment and Mapping of Climate Change Related Hazards—Implications for Climate Change Adaptation Policies. Climate 2016, 4, 8.

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