Have disaster losses increased due to anthropogenic climate change?

L.M. Bouwer

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    A number of studies were conducted to demonstrate the best way to assess the potential influence of climate change on disaster losses was to analyze future projections in place of historical data. These studies showed that increases in exposure and wealth were the most important drivers for growing disaster losses. Most of these studies also showed that disaster losses remained constant after normalization, including losses from earthquakes They found that increases after normalization did not fully correct for wealth and population increases, or they identified other sources of exposure increases or vulnerability changes or changing environmental conditions. The analysis of these disaster loss studies showed that economic losses from various weather-related natural hazards, such as storms, tropical cyclones, floods, and small-scale weather events had increased around the globe.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-46
    JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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