All pages with keywords: natural hazards

National laws and policies on climate change adaptation: a global review

a policy publication by Michal Nachmany, Rebecca Byrnes, Swenja Surminski 9 December, 2019

This global review of adaptation laws and policies has been undertaken to understand how adaptation to climate change is governed at the national level. It highlights the common areas of focus and also apparent gaps in these laws and policies, making recommendations for policymakers and further research. read more »


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Understanding decisions and disasters: A retrospective analysis of Hurricane Sandy’s ‘focusing power’ on climate change adaptation policy in New York City

a working paper by Samantha McCraine, Swenja Surminski 18 November, 2019

Disasters such as hurricanes can open a window of opportunity when these act as ‘focusing events’ on the policy agenda. This paper explores the ‘focusing power’ of Hurricane Sandy in the context of New York City during 2012 and beyond. read more »


Are seawalls correlated with lower property values in California?

Are seawalls correlated with lower property values in California?

a working paper by Arlan Brucal, Qingran Li, John Lynham 2 July, 2018

As sea levels rise with climate change there is pressure to protect the coast but while individual properties may benefit from seawalls, neighbouring properties may experience negative effects due, for example, to accelerated beach loss. This paper investigates the impacts of seawalls on property values in San Diego and Santa Cruz. read more »


Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less

Science for disaster risk management 2017: knowing better and losing less

a policy publication by Swenja Surminski 17 May, 2017

This report is the result of the multi-sectorial and multi-disciplinary networking process and represents the combined effort of more than two hundred, mostly European, experts. It will support the integration … read more »


Investigating the risk reduction potential of disaster insurance across Europe

Investigating the risk reduction potential of disaster insurance across Europe

a research article by Swenja Surminski 2 December, 2016

Surminski, Swenja (2016) Investigating the risk reduction potential of disaster insurance across Europe. The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Issues and Practice . ISSN 1018-5895