Security diagrams: Approach for assessing the impacts of extreme climate events

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Until recently, climate research has mainly concentrated on the effects of long-term climate change. However, serious socio-economic consequences can also result from extreme climate events, for example drought or flooding.

A new approach to this problem, the security diagram, was developed for the analysis of the consequences of such extreme climate events and will be further developed within the scope of this project. These diagrams can be used for generating geographical maps to portray past and future risks of extreme climate events for particular countries and regions. This research approach combines the concepts of environmental stress, susceptibility and crises, and concentrates on the use of security diagrams to describe seasonal water shortage.

Publications of this project

  • An Empirical Application of the Security Diagram to Assess the Vulnerability of India to Climatic Stress

    Acosta-Michlik, Lilibeth; Frank Eierdanz, Joseph Alcamo, Dörthe Krömker, Fausto Galli, Richard J.T. Klein, Khedo Kavi Kumar, Sabine Campe, Alexander Carius and Dennis Tänzler 2006: An Empirical Application of the Security Diagram to Assess the Vulnerability of India to Climatic Stress. In: Die Erde. Special Issue: European Metropolitan Arease 137:3, pp. 199-229.
  • Security Diagrams: Improving our Understanding of the Risk of Extreme Climate Events to Society

    Alcamo, Joseph; Richard J.T. Klein, Alexander Carius, Lilibeth Acosta-Michlik, Dörthe Krömker, Dennis Tänzler and Frank Eierdanz 2003: Security Diagrams: Improving our Understanding of the Risk of Extreme Climate Events to Society. In: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Ed.): DEKLIM. German Climate Research Programme. Status Seminar 2003. Bonn: German Aerospace Center/Environmental Research and Technology, pp. 321-334.