Special Issue "Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Catastrophes"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020).
Recent years have seen a steady rise in the frequency of high-consequence catastrophic events globally, with a staggering increase in the associated socioeconomic and human tolls. The costs are expected to further rise for certain climatic and weather-related catastrophes such as hurricanes, storm surges, and flooding, as well as fires, with the ongoing climate change. Understanding not only disaster consequences but also how to effectively manage them has become a pressing policy issue and a key topic of research inquiry among disaster scholars (https://www.unisdr.org/we/coordinate/sendai-framework).
Low probabilities associated with these events can easily lull private and societal interests in adopting risk management strategies and lead to suboptimal or mal-adaptation. Meanwhile, catastrophes can also motivate risk mitigation behavior as the risk ex post becomes more salient. Hence, there is an opportunity to use catastrophes to improve and enhance overall private and societal resilience to disasters.
This Special Issue of sustainability addresses consequences of catastrophic disasters (both man-made and natural) and the effective ways to manage them. Specifically, it has several aims. First, it aims to understand both the spatial and temporal consequences of catastrophes and their societal, economic, demographic, political, and environmental implications. Second, it is imperative to understand what private and public strategies there are to manage catastrophic disaster risk, and how we can improve disaster risk governance and the efficacy of resource allocation across multiple stakeholders (i.e., private, local, regional, national). Risk management options include both ex ante risk mitigation as well as ex post response and recovery, and the coordination of resources by private and public stakeholders. Finally, understanding various constraints (e.g., financial, political, beliefs) faced by effective disaster risk management are imperative in understanding disaster risk and will help to find solutions and further devise mitigation strategies that build on those constraints.
Overall, the Special Issue intends to provide a better understanding of the consequences of catastrophic disasters and to propose adaptation and mitigation solutions to reduce vulnerability and improve well-being of those directly impacted by them. We welcome both conceptual as well as empirical papers, along with historical perspectives and case studies aimed towards understanding these important topics.
Dr. Meri Davlasheridze
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- risk mitigation
- disaster resilience