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Philippine Typhoons Since the Seventeenth Century

Warren, J.F.ORCID: 0000-0003-0055-6730 (2016) Philippine Typhoons Since the Seventeenth Century. In: Bankoff, G. and Christensen, J., (eds.) Natural Hazards and Peoples in the Indian Ocean World. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 105-141.

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This chapter elaborates on the typhoons that affect the Philippines, including historical difficulties with forecasting the approach or trajectory of any given typhoon, the problems associated with the seasonal patterns, increasing wind speeds and the successive nature of typhoons that are associated with the Philippines and the importance of the El Niño and La Niña phenomena. The chapter also discusses the impacts of typhoons on agriculture and considers whether the Philippine government needs to develop a culture of response and remedy on behalf of its vulnerable populace, or whether a culture of capacity building, particularly in the area of mitigation and preparedness, will best serve the inevitable humanitarian crises and the dire associated costs as such disasters, activated by climate change and recent extreme weather, loom ever larger on the horizon.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Arts
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright: © 2016 The Author(s)
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