MUCCRI engages in packaging, communicating and disseminating climate change information, knowledge products and innovations to the wider public. A prime feature in our future training and research activities is to provide domestic and regional policy makers with the necessary scientific support, technology and guidance in mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change.
This Technical Paper focuses on how to assess the historical interactions between society and climate hazards. Key concepts related to current climate risks are outlined and conceptual models that can be used to assess climate risks over short and long-term planning horizons are introduced and described. Two major approaches to assessing those risks – a natural hazards-based approach and a vulnerability-based approach – are outlined.