Climate extremes papers Disaster mitigation and preparedness in a changing climate
Mesures d'attenuation des catastrophes et protection civile
James Bruce, Ian Burton, Mark Egener
This synthesis paper will outline the issues and the latest scientific conclusions about climate change and severe weather events. The paper will provide information about the relationship between a changing climate and the frequency and severity of extreme weather events especially in the northern latitudes. It will discuss policies, means and mechanisms which will reduce the negative impact of extreme weather events and related natural disasters on human populations and infrastructure, with particular emphasis on the Canadian situation. Finally, it looks ahead at the continuing need for scientific, engineering, political and administrative actions and processes that will facilitate mitigation in a changing climate.