Weather and Climate Extremes provides academics, decision makers, international development agencies, nongovernmental organizations and civil society with publications on different aspects of research in weather and climate extremes, monitoring and early warning systems, assessment of vulnerability and impacts, developing and implementing intervention policies, effective risk management and adaptation practices to address local and regional needs and circumstances, engagement of local communities in the adoption of these practices to cope with extremes, and information and communication strate ...Published by: Elsevier
Weather and Climate Extremes provides academics, decision makers, international development agencies, nongovernmental organizations and civil society with publications on different aspects of research in weather and climate extremes, monitoring and early warning systems, assessment of vulnerability and impacts, developing and implementing intervention policies, effective risk management and adaptation practices to address local and regional needs and circumstances, engagement of local communities in the adoption of these practices to cope with extremes, and information and communication strategies.
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ISBN (or other code): Weather and Climate ExtremesThe project seeks to assess the vulnerability of water resources in mountain regions such as the European Alps, the Central Chilean Andes, and the mountains of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) where declining snow and ice are likely to strongly affect hydrological regimes in a warmer climate. Model results are then used to quantify the environmental, economic and social impacts of changing water resources in order to assess how robust current water governance strategies are and what adaptations may be needed in order to alleviate the most negative impacts of climate change on water resources and wate ...
The project seeks to assess the vulnerability of water resources in mountain regions such as the European Alps, the Central Chilean Andes, and the mountains of Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan) where declining snow and ice are likely to strongly affect hydrological regimes in a warmer climate. Model results are then used to quantify the environmental, economic and social impacts of changing water resources in order to assess how robust current water governance strategies are and what adaptations may be needed in order to alleviate the most negative impacts of climate change on water resources and water use.
Notes: ACQWA: Assessing Climate impacts on the Quantity and quality of WAter
A large integrating project under EU Framework Programme 7 (FP7),
coordinated by the University of Geneva, Switzerland (2008-2013)
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Australian Government to the review of the Bureau of Meteorology's capacity to respond to future extreme weather and natural disaster events and to provide seasonal forecasting services
Format: Digital (Free)Developed as a collaborative project of several United Nations System libraries, this guide directs researchers to UN entities and documents concerned with disaster prevention, to relevant materials in each library’s print and electronic collections, and to key sources of information from other organizations.Published by: U.N. Libraries, United Nations
Developed as a collaborative project of several United Nations System libraries, this guide directs researchers to UN entities and documents concerned with disaster prevention, to relevant materials in each library’s print and electronic collections, and to key sources of information from other organizations.
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Notes: Current report is available from the Reports section.
Format: Digital (Free)[serial]PermalinkThe Historical Hurricane Tracks website includes tropical cyclone data and information on coastal county hurricane strike data through 2011 while also providing links to detailed reports on the life history and effects of U.S. tropical cyclones since 1958.PermalinkGDACS is a cooperation framework between the United Nations, the European Commission and disaster managers worldwide to improve alerts, information exchange and coordination in the first phase after major sudden-onset disasters.PermalinkCountries and national platforms are key partners to implementing disaster risk reduction strategies at a country level to help build resilient communities.
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- Protect the environment
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