WEF 2020 GLOBAL RISK REPORT: Climate Matters

According to the World Economic Forum's 2020 Global Risk Report:"Extreme weather conditions are putting populations around the world at risk of food and water insecurity. Today’s children face a future of increasingly serious climate related hazards: less nutritious crops, air pollution exacerbated by burning fossil fuels, rising average temperatures and other weather-related disruptions to livelihoods.” 

IHE Delft works on research and capacity development projects, and provides teaching and professional development, on a wide range of issues related to the impact of climate and extreme weather events on natural environments, food supplies, physical infrastructures and water services. For example:


Rosh Ranasinghe Head of the WSE Department Professor of Climate Change Impacts & Coastal Risk

How does your work address the problems/the key risks?

There have been more and more natural hazards happening in the last 10 to 20 years. The impact of those events are bigger now than would have been in the case 50 years ago, not because the event or storms or typhoons are any bigger than 50 years ago, but because there are more people living in the coastal zone. So the consequences are bigger.

I’ve been studying climate change impacts, to understand what climate change impacts could be in the coastal zone and how to model them in a way that can actually help decision-making on the ground. I’ve been doing that for about the last 10 years. 

Our work at IHE looks at:

How does this relate to the SDGs?

The research and development initiatives undertaken within this program contribute to SDG targets on Water-related ecosystems, Affordable and Clean energy, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life on Land and Partnerships.

You can see more about Rosh's work on coastal management here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n5gNh04BBk


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