Abrupt climate change: Lessons from integrated catastrophic risks management

Ermolieva T & Obersteiner M (2004). Abrupt climate change: Lessons from integrated catastrophic risks management. World Resource Review 16 (1): 57-82.

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Abstract

Risks of disaster arise out of the combination of natural hazards and human activities. We argue that by divorcing the natural disaster issues from social and economic development, half of this disaster equation is ignored. The current pace of disaster development is undermining the markets and safety nets not only of developing countries. Far greater policy coherence is needed between economists, development planners, natural scientists and disaster managers in order to prevent catastrophic losses to human lives, livelihoods, natural and economic assets.

In this paper we present an integrated approach to catastrophic risk management that aims at more coherence and comprehensiveness. The models presented take into account spatial and temporal heterogeneity of catastrophes as well as institutional heterogeneity within a model of economic growth. Loss and gains profiles are functions of various strategies/requirement/goals of agents such as individuals, governments, producers, insurers and investors. GIS-based catastrophe models and stochastic optimization methods allow to guide policy analyses with respect to location specific risk exposures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Climate change; natural catastrophes; integrated model
Research Programs: Forestry (FOR)
Modeling Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes (LUC)
Bibliographic Reference: World Resource Review; 16 (1):57-82 [2004]
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:16
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2016 13:48
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/7132

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