Abnormal weather events in 2009, increased precipitation and disastrous impacts in the Philippines

Yumul Jr, G.P. and Dimalanta, C.B. and Servando, N.T. and Cruz, N.A. (2013) Abnormal weather events in 2009, increased precipitation and disastrous impacts in the Philippines. Climatic Change. pp. 1-13.

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The Philippines has recently experienced distinct changes in the weather patterns with disastrous results. These changes which were distinctly felt in 2009 included: 1. too much precipitation throughout the year; 2. some areas received a lot of rain while other parts of the country went through dry spell and drought conditions; and 3. abnormalities and variance in weather patterns (e.g. multiple entry of a tropical cyclone during an El Niño event; longer duration of tropical cyclone; deviations from the normal tropical cyclone path). The country, with its disaster risk management program in place, has managed to bring down the cost of damage and number of casualties due to weather-related disasters. However, in some instances, disaster risk response was made difficult due to other factors (e.g. degraded ecosystem, ill-managed land use and risk denial by people and communities). In general though, the resiliency and ability to recover by the people devastated by these disasters and the availability of community-based support systems provided the best means of coping with these catastrophic events. This is important as climate change is projected to bring more variations in the country’s weather and climate patterns which, as of now, are already adversely affecting the people.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Financial and logistic support came from the Department of Science and Technology and the National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines.
Author Affiliation: National Institute of Geological Sciences, College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Subjects: Environmental Science > Environment
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Balakrishna Garadasu
Date Deposited: 14 May 2013 04:45
Last Modified: 14 May 2013 04:45
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-012-0661-8
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/10443

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