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Horton et al. 2017

Horton, R., M. De Mel, D. Peters, C. Lesk, R. Bartlett, H. Helsingen, D. Bader, P. Capizzi, S. Martin, and C. Rosenzweig, 2017: Assessing Climate Risk in Myanmar: Technical Report. Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research.

The agreement signed in Paris in 2015 is a sign of great hope that the world is collectively driven toward addressing climate change. However, as we have already seen around the world, even 1°C of warming is already having significant impacts.

This is especially the case for Myanmar, which, as recent events have shown — from severe flooding to extreme drought and exposure to strong coastal typhoons like the devastating Cyclone Nargis in 2008 — is highly vulnerable. As Myanmar develops its economy to bring millions out of poverty, it is critical that it does so in ways that ensure investments in infrastructure and human capital are resilient to these increasing extremes. One of the best ways to build resilience is to harness the power of ecosystems and the numerous benefits they provide to people; from forests, that help provide clean drinking water and reduce flooding downstream, to coastal mangroves that provide critical defences against coastal erosion and increasingly intense typhoons.

Our diverse group of partners has worked closely together to develop this report, outlining climate change impacts in different sectors and how these sectors can use climate risk information. Using best available data, including 30 years of weather station data generously provided by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology and a new dataset from NASA that allows for higher resolution analysis than ever before, this report provides critically needed information on how climate change has already begun to affect Myanmar and is likely to continue into the future. We are pleased to collaborate in tackling such a critical issue, and believe this report serves as an important contribution for addressing important changes in Myanmar's future.

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  author={Horton, R. and De Mel, M. and Peters, D. and Lesk, C. and Bartlett, R. and Helsingen, H. and Bader, D. and Capizzi, P. and Martin, S. and Rosenzweig, C.},
  title={Assessing Climate Risk in Myanmar: Technical Report},
  publisher={Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research},
  address={New York},

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RIS Citation

ID  - ho04700w
AU  - Horton, R.
AU  - De Mel, M.
AU  - Peters, D.
AU  - Lesk, C.
AU  - Bartlett, R.
AU  - Helsingen, H.
AU  - Bader, D.
AU  - Capizzi, P.
AU  - Martin, S.
AU  - Rosenzweig, C.
PY  - 2017
BT  - Assessing Climate Risk in Myanmar: Technical Report
PB  - Columbia University Center for Climate Systems Research
CY  - New York
ER  -

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