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Natural Hazards and Climate Change

Natural Hazards, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation

Notions of community resilience and human activities that contribute to vulnerability must be integrated with the understanding of natural and physical processes in order to reduce risk. The concepts of hazard, vulnerability and risk can be improved through the identification and assessment of risks from natural hazards on global, regional, and local scales, and the development of the capability to forecast hazardous events and their consequences.

Understanding effective decision-making in the context of risk management of natural hazards including those associated with climate change —what is it and how it can be improved—calls for an emphasis on how human decisions and the pragmatic factors that constrain or facilitate such decisions can contribute to hazards becoming disasters or to mitigating disaster impacts. Processes of human adjustment or adaptation can be used to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience. Researchers in the Natural Hazards and Climate Change group focus on reducing risk and losses through the monitoring and implementation of informed risk reduction decisions and through reductions in vulnerability or exposure.

The study area has three focal areas of research and teaching:

  • To improve the characterization of hazards, vulnerability, risk and resilience.
  • To better understand and inform decision-making in complex and changing risk contexts.
  • To reduce disaster risk and loss through knowledge-based actions.

Members of this study area are drawn from the Departments of Geography, Nursing and Midwifery, War Studies and Management.

Affiliated Groups:

Risk Interpretation and Action, a community of practice and project of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk programme, an international collaboration supported by the International Council for Scientific (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and United Nations International Secretariat for Disaster reduction (UNISDR).

Humanitarian Futures Programme, an independent centre at King’s with a focus on knowledge exchange between science, community and policy makers on disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. This group has a string international focus and broad interest in humanitarian policy and practice.

For more information please contact: Mark Pelling, Department of Geography,



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