Author/s:

Urrea, G.
Bailey, M.

Publisher:

Springer Link

Year of Publication:

2018

Abstract

Weather-related hazards, which are expected to increase in frequency and severity as a result of climate change, wreak havoc on vulnerable populations around the globe, and in developing countries in particular. This places a great demand on the humanitarian system, requiring humanitarian actors to work differently—now and in the future. In this chapter, we first review what climate change is, along with its negative impacts, with a focus on weather-related disasters. We discuss how advances in climate information systems could be integrated into humanitarian efforts by using predictions to inform long-term planning and, more innovatively, short-term preparedness actions. We end the chapter with a practical approach, describing the design and implementation of forecast-based preparedness actions in two countries: Bangladesh and Mongolia.

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