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Title: The impact of global warming on storms and storm preparedness in Southeast Asia
Authors: Chang, Chew Hung
Keywords: global warming
storms
Southeast Asia
mitigation
moral hazard
safe development
storm preparedness
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Chang, C. H. (2010). The impact of global warming on storms and storm preparedness in Southeast Asia. Kajian Malaysia, 28(1), 53-82.
Abstract: According to the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), "[w]arming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures" (IPCC, 2007: 5) by about 0.8–1.0°C over the last 160 years. Based on a survey of literature on global warming and precipitation, there is agreement that the frequency of extreme precipitation events in Southeast Asia will increase with global warming. At the regional level, densely populated countries in Southeast Asia are vulnerable to these changes in precipitation events. This article provides a review of the potential changes to storm events in Southeast Asia, based on the understanding of existing scientific discourse. The article also presents two case studies of anomalous storm event in Southeast Asia, Typhoon Vamei and the extreme high rainfall event in December 2006 in Peninsular Malaysia, as indication of the potential impacts of global warming related changes to storm activities, highlighting the need for preparedness in adapting to the impact of global warming.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/4407
ISSN: 0127-4082
Website: http://web.usm.my/km/28(1)2010/KM%20ART%203%20(53-82).pdf
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