An overview on the climate risk drivers, hazards, and consequences in the baltic sea region published


An overview describing the climate risk drivers, hazards, and consequences in the Baltic Sea Region has just been published in the CASCADE project. This report is a useful reference for understanding the links between potential drivers, hazards, and their potential impacts of climate change – direct, indirect and even cascading – on society.

Climate risks are a result of climate related hazards, vulnerability and societal exposure.

The main drivers of climate related hazards include:

  • temperature change
  • precipitation intensity
  • windstorms
  • sea-level rise
  • salinity
  • water temperature

Climate change related hazards are events which have a variety of direct and indirect consequences for society. Hazards impact the environment, human health and wellbeing, as well as our physical assets, such as critical infrastructure. The risk that these hazards present to society depend not only on the hazard, but also on how our society is organised. The impacts can be far reaching in our local communities, but also across the globe. For example, the effects of hazard events such as forest fires and storms, can travel across borders. Due to global interconnectedness and interdependencies in e.g. food and supply chains, and financial markets, effects can even be felt across the globe.

Based on a desk review, the report collects local examples, where possible, to illustrate the cascading consequences of climate hazards for the region. It also assesses the extent to which climate related hazards – past and future projections – are included in National Risk Assessments or similar documents for the Baltic Sea region.

Read the overview here.

The report will undergo testing and modifications along with other project outputs. Further content may be added to it in the duration of the project.

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