8. Disaster reduction and emergencies
Convenors: Maarten van Aalst, Thea Hilhorst, Ed Thomas, Koko Warner
Hazard mitigation research and climate adaptation research are often two parallel research tracks that don’t meet. The same counts for practice. Rebuilding after a disaster often doesn’t take future changing circumstances due to climate change into account. One of the reasons is the potent wish to rebuild as quickly as possible and the absence of plans that include adaptation aspects. Rebuilding after a disaster is extremely costly. Finance to climate proof a neighbourhood or city hit by a hurricane or flood comes on top of that and is then regarded as superfluous. Finally unawareness, denial and ignorance of climate change and adaptation among politicians plays an important role.
The hazard mitigation and the climate adaptation community can learn from each other by sharing experience and knowledge. They can start working together on common research in the physical domain as well as in the social domain. Governance and finance is an important issue here.
This theme will welcome contributions on the role of adaptation in hazard mitigation and on possibilities to strengthen post hazard reconstruction with a long term adaptation perspective.