Climate change is now widely regarded as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, and adapting to it is an urgent requirement for countries across the world. The less developed countries of the Asia and Pacific region, despite contributing the least to the emission of greenhouse gases, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: How Can Countries Adapt compiles policies and best practices on climate change adaptation, emphasizing the fact that the Asia and Pacific region needs immediate measures—both structural and nonstructural—in order to adapt to climate change. The discussions elaborate on issues related to water resources, agriculture, and natural resources management, which are some of the most vital sectors for the region from environmental, social, and economic perspectives.
Although the policies and measures discussed in the book are specific to the Asia and Pacific region, the key findings will be relevant to other regions as well; for example, Africa and Latin America. Policymakers and researchers involved in the study of climate change adaptation will find this volume of great interest.
Chapter 13: Integrated Flood Analysis System: An Efficient Tool to Implement Flood Forecasting and Warning Systems
Integrated Flood Analysis System: An Efficient Tool to Implement Flood Forecasting and Warning Systems
Water-related disasters are one of the challenges that need to be overcome to achieve sustainable development and poverty reduction. Their effect is increasing with population growth and concentration and increasing value of assets in flood plains in recent years. In countries where river improvements are not sufficient, smooth evacuation from flooding is important for limiting the loss of life and property. The timing and magnitude of flooding should be clearly identified in advance. Dissemination of risk by hazard maps, among others, and the direction of evacuation by issuing flood forecasts and ...