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The impact of climate change on global tropical storm damages

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  • Mendelsohn, Robert
  • Emanuel, Kerry
  • Chonabayashi, Shun

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This paper constructs an integrated assessment model of tropical cyclones in order to quantify the impact that climate change may have on tropical cyclone damages in countries around the world. The paper relies on a tropical cyclone generator in each ocean and several climate models to predict tropical cyclones with and without climate change. A damage model is constructed to compute the resulting damage when a cyclone strikes each country. Economic development is expected to double global tropical cyclone damages because more will be in harm's way. Climate change is expected to double global damage again, causing an additional $54 billion of damage per year. The damage is projected to be concentrated in North America and eastern Asia but many Caribbean islands will suffer the highest damages per unit of GDP. Most of the increased damage will be caused by rare but very powerful storms.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5562.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5562

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Keywords: Climate Change Economics; Climate Change Mitigation and Green House Gases; Hazard Risk Management; Science of Climate Change; Global Environment Facility;

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  1. Tol, Richard S. J. & Narita, Daiju & Anthoff, David, 2008. "Damage Costs of Climate Change through Intensification of Tropical Cyclone Activities: An Application of FUND," Papers, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) WP259, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
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  1. Gary Yohe & Chris Hope, 2013. "Some thoughts on the value added from a new round of climate change damage estimates," Climatic Change, Springer, Springer, vol. 117(3), pages 451-465, April.
  2. Noy, I, 2012. "Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction: A Global Fund," Working Paper Series, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance 2390, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Economics and Finance.
  3. Francesco Bosello & Enrica De Cian, 2013. "Climate Change, Sea Level Rise, and Coastal Disasters. A Review of Modeling Practices," Working Papers, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 2013.104, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  4. Hallegatte, Stephane, 2012. "A cost effective solution to reduce disaster losses in developing countries : hydro-meteorological services, early warning, and evacuation," Policy Research Working Paper Series, The World Bank 6058, The World Bank.
  5. World Bank & United Nations, 2010. "Natural Hazards, UnNatural Disasters : The Economics of Effective Prevention," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2512, August.

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