Intense Climate Disasters and Development in Asia-Pacific

Report / Paper

Intense Climate Disasters and Development in Asia-Pacific


September 2012


The frequency of intense floods and storms is increasing globally, particularly in the Asia-Pacific, amid the specter of climate change. Associated with these natural disasters are more variable and extreme rainfall and temperatures as recorded in publicly available databases for the world, Asia-Pacific, and the Philippines, the case examined in detail. The risks of these events result from a confluence of three factors: rising exposure of populations, increasing vulnerabilities, and the changing nature of the hazards themselves. All three factors are contributing to increasingly turn hazards of nature into intense natural disasters. The economies along coastal areas in South, Southeast (for example, the Philippines), and East Asia are at the greatest risk