This special report contributes to frame the challenge of dealing with extreme weather and climate events as an issue in decision-making under uncertainty, analysing response in the context of risk management. The report consists of nine chapters, covering: (i) the new dimensions of climate change in disaster risk, exposure, vulnerability, and resilience; (ii) exposure and vulnerability as determinants of risk; (iii) observed and projected changes in extreme weather and climate events; (iv) exposure and vulnerability to as well as losses resulting from such events; (v) adaptation options from the local to the (vi) national and (vii) international scale; (viii) the role of sustainable development in modulating risks; and (vi) insights from specific case studies.
This volume was approved and accepted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 18 November 2011 in Kampala, Uganda. It is a special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report is a collaborative effort of Working Group I (WGI) and Working Group II (WGII). The IPCC leadership team for this report also has responsibility for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), scheduled for completion in 2013 and 2014.