Strategic Foresight Initiative: Climate Change, Long Term Trends and their Implications for Emergency Management   [open pdf - 98KB]

"A significant amount of existing research indicates that the world's climate is changing. Emergency managers should consider the implications of climate change regardless of the cause. Several climate change-related trends may present critical challenges to emergency managers and warrant in-depth analysis. These include: 1) Rising temperatures 2) Increased storm intensity and frequency 3) Rising sea levels 4) Changing drought and fire risk 5) Shifting threats to human health and disease patterns […] This document contains preliminary research conducted on behalf of the Strategic Foresight Initiative on the Climate Change driver. This research is intended to serve as a discussion point for further discussions, and does not represent a forecast by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This paper is a starting point for conversations around a highly complex topic, and SFI [Strategic Foresight Initiative] encourages feedback about this paper from the emergency management community."

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