by: Ulla Vänttinen
In November, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled to release a special report on managing the risks of extreme events and disasters to advance climate change adaptation. The report is now in its final stages of completion. The final step is government approval of the report's Summary for Policymakers (SPM) and acceptance of the full report at a Joint WG I / II Session on 14-17 November, 2011.
The report will assess the effect that climate change has on the threat of natural disasters and how nations can better manage an expected change in the frequency of occurrence and intensity of severe weather patterns. It aims to become a resource for decision-makers to prepare more effectively for managing the risks of these events. A potentially important area for consideration is also the detection of trends in extreme events and the attribution of these trends to human influence.
More information on the special report: