Statment of the Problem

Natural disasters have the potential to devastate the lives of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of families around the world. The image on the previous page shows Pakistani villagers fleeing from their homes during the 2010 flood. This image is one that is repeated over and over in different parts of the world and under different circumstances.

A new factor that has begun to influence the decisions of disaster management specialists and governments is how the acceleration of global climate change will also affect both the location and severity of natural disasters. Indeed scientists are only now beginning to grapple with the theoretical challenges posed by weather and temperature predictions based upon climate change.

While scientist work to improve their climate prediction models, climate change also presents a number of cross-disciplinary social challenges that science has yet to address. This exercise lays out some of these cross-disciplinary challenges and attempts to develop some tentative simulations to answer these challenges.

Key Problems Posed by Climate Change on Disaster Management

  • Are disaster resources adequate and in the appropriate areas given the emerging threat vectors?

  • Should governments invest in rebuilding an area once a disaster strikes?

  • Should businesses and/or individuals consider relocating based upon disaster threat?

  • What governments invest in retrofitting critical infrastructure to guard against the threat of disaster?

Country Disaster Profiles

The Philippines