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University of Southampton: Changing Environment, Changing Lives: Assessing Risk from Climate Change in South East Asia
Date: Tuesday, 23 November 2021
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Hong Kong SAR
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Presenter: Prof. Craig Hutton, Professor of Sustainability Science, School of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton
With populations and economic activities concentrated along coastlines, and high dependence on agriculture and supporting water resources, ASEAN countries are highly vulnerable to climate change. To cope with sea level rise and greater frequency and severity of extreme weather events, development planning must strengthen adaptive capacity. Data may exist on a regional and local level, yet it has not been integrated into a robust framework of systemic risk where risk is based upon hazards and the vulnerability of the population. The School of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton leads a team of UK, Vietnamese and Thai researchers, funded by the British Council, exploring how to build within-country capacity, and identify the data, modelling and workflow needs required, to effectively quantify water resource and flood management risks in two diverse ASEAN regions: The Mekong Delta, Vietnam and Thailand’s Chao Phraya basin - recognised as some of the most vulnerable areas to sea level rise in the world. By establishing what data sets and models are required and designing analyses that bring these together we can assess climate risk in an optimal, accessible and policy-relevant way. This ongoing work will be enabled the development of gender- and equity-sensitive flood and water resource risk maps and will constitute contribution to COP26.
Prof. Craig Hutton has worked with UN agencies, national governments and charities (NGOs) in many countries across the globe looking at how environmental change, such as the climate, has impacted the livelihoods and lives of rural communities. Working with colleagues who are experts in flooding, drought, salinity, storms and other environmental stresses, as well as mapping poverty, land use and sediment extraction, Prof. Hutton has developed methods for assessing who and where climate and environmental change will impact the most. This is called vulnerability mapping and shows which populations are likely to be impacted by what hazards. This is done so that policy makers and people who make decisions about how to tackle poverty and protect the land can understand where to focus their efforts. A large part of Prof. Hutton’s work has focused on river delta systems, including the Volta Delta in Ghana, the Ganges Brahmaputra Meghna Delta in Bangladesh and India and the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. Fertile delta system are often important for the production of food and population settlement but are in the front line when it comes to the potential impacts of climate change with sea-level rise, river and coastal flooding, longer periods of drought as well as heavy pressures from human development.