Past Event

Roundtable Workshop 22: Disaster Risk Management in an Age of Climate Change

Workshop
April 3, 2008

Location:

Objective:
In its recently released report, Climate Change 2007, the IPCC notes that global climate change is likely to result in increases in drought, intense tropical cyclone activity, heat waves, and floods in certain regions of the world, including parts of the United States. It further suggests that such developments would require policy makers and other stakeholders to give increased attention to managing any new level of risk posed by extreme events and their adverse impacts. This workshop will be designed to consider the challenges facing disaster risk management in the context of climate change. Knowledge derived from science and the experience of policy makers and practitioners will inform the discussion.

Introduction and Opening Remarks
William H. Hooke, American Meteorological Society and Chair, Disasters Roundtable

Session I: Global Vulnerabilities and Emerging Responses to Climate Change- Related Disaster Risks

New Challenges to Reducing Disaster Risks in the Context of Climate Change
Ian Burton, University of Toronto

Emerging Climate Change-Related Global Disaster Risk Management Initiatives
Henrike Brecht, World Bank

Emerging Plans and Initiatives for Latin America
Ciro Ugarte, Pan American Health Organization

Moderator: Darlene Sparks Washington, American Red Cross

Discussion

Session II: Some U.S. Vulnerabilities and Responses to Climate Change-Related Disaster Risks

The Nation: Public Health Risks of Disasters in the Context of Climate Change
George Luber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York City: The Hurricane Threat
Klaus H. Jacob, Columbia University

California: Planning to Meet Increased Threats
Kenneth C. Topping, California Polytechnic State University
California: Planning to Meet Increased Threats
Michael Boswell, California Polytechnic State University

Florida: Disaster Vulnerabilities Related to Climate Change
Download Video Stephen P. Leatherman, Florida International University

Moderator: Monica Schoch-Spana, University of Pittsburgh

Discussion

Session III: Urban Design, Insurance, and Floodplain Adaptation to Climate Change-Related Disaster Risks

Urban Design and Disaster Risk Management: A Perspective on Smart Growth and New Urbanism in the Context of Climate Change
Phillip Berke, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Furthering Adaptation through Insurance
Clive O. Goodwin, FM Global

A Perspective from the Association of State Floodplain Managers
Gerry E. Galloway, University of Maryland

Moderator: Deborah Thomas, University of Colorado, Denver

Discussion

Closing Remarks
William H. Hooke

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

Disaster Risk Management in an Age of Climate Change: A Summary of the April 3, 2008 Workshop of the Disasters Roundtable (2009)

In its report Climate Change 2007 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that global change is likely to result in increased drought, intense tropical cyclone activity, heat waves, and floods in certain regions of the world, including parts of the United States, other developed countries, and developing nations. It further suggested that such developments would require policy makers and other stakeholders to give increase... More >>