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Combating Climate Change with Infrastructure Investments: How Traditional Methods May Contribute to Risk

The negative effects of climate change are well documented, especially for small island developing states (SIDS) in Oceania. These threats include sea level rise, coastal erosion, and increased intensity of tropical storms (i.e. more dangerous storm surge, strong winds, and

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Oceania from Space: Why remote sensing is vital for understanding the effects of climate change

Oceania is known for its low-lying island nations, with over 10,000 islands, represented by over 20 countries (including territories/dependencies), spanning an area approximately the size of the United States. Monitoring threats such as sea level rise, tropical storm paths, and

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Disparate Data Sets: Information Challenges in Oceania

The purpose of our capstone course is to evaluate climate-change related disaster preparedness in a subset of Oceania to identify vulnerabilities and prioritize “action areas for the US to address climate-related risks.” Our ability to meaningfully identify areas of risk

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Exploring Secure Tenure in Urban Bangladesh

Adequate, affordable and accessible housing for low-income, informal and slum settlements cannot be discussed or conceptualized in isolation from secure tenure. Doing so reiterates unsustainable development practices and notions that low-income and informal settlements do not have equal rights in

Building Institutional Capacity Towards Tenure Security: Philippines

Spread across 7,500 islands, with a population of more than 100 million, the Philippines is prone to severe geological and hydrometeorological hazards. Sitting astride the typhoon belt, between 1990 and 2008, a total of 158 destructive typhoons resulted in 13,491

Increasing Urban Resilience through Secure Tenure

By 2030, urbanization and economic growth project that nearly 61% of the world’s population will live in cities, the Asia Pacific Region alone housing approximately 2.7 billion urban residents. This will be juxtaposed alongside increasing inequality, environmental concerns, and growing

Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific

Welcome to this blog site for a new year long course. More posts will follow. This year long capstone course on behalf of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (CFE-DM) will carry out a series of