Special Issue "Climate Risk Assessment and Management"
A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2015) | Viewed by 20821
The IPCC has identified risk assessment as the recommended approach for characterizing the magnitude, likelihood, and urgency of climate change impacts. This approach has been increasingly adopted by governments, public agencies, and businesses as a means of prioritizing adaptation actions and defining the most viable strategies for addressing risks (including maximization of opportunities). However, there are major challenges in using conventional risk-based approaches for climate change. For example, lengthy time scales and the inherent uncertainty of the future climate present particularly thorny issues. Further challenges include identifying baseline risk in the presence of climate variability, and the difficulties involved in attributing risks (due to the interaction of climate and non-climate, i.e., socio-economic, factors). These issues are particularly exemplified by the difficulties associated with assessing extreme events and the cascades of multiple systemic risks. Unfortunately, these challenges are often of the highest importance for effective adaptation. This suggests that further refinement of tools and techniques may be required (e.g., in systems analysis, scenario analysis, cost-benefit analysis, impact modelling, vulnerability profiling, etc.). This refinement must be complemented by learning from existing approaches (such as in the design of regulatory frameworks). Discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches may also be beneficial because different scientific disciplines and societal sectors have tended to use different techniques even though there is a growing need for more integrated approaches for investigating and communicating cross-cutting risks. This Special Issue welcomes diverse perspectives, case studies, and key findings on climate risk assessment. Studies are particularly required for adaptation-related decision making, risk prioritization, and the implementation of actions for risk management.
Dr. Iain Brown
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- climate risk assessment
- climate risk management
- extreme events
- climate attribution
- climate change adaptation
- climate change uncertainty
- complex systems analysis
- vulnerability analysis
- climate resilience
- scenario analysis