Manila Observatory talk: “Identifying major climate risk areas in the Philippines using a case study approach” by Benjamin Franta


Manila Observatory’s Brown Bag talk: “Identifying major climate risk areas in the Philippines using a case study approach” by Benjamin Franta, PhD candidate, 18 Feb 2015, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Klima Conference Room

The Regional Climate Systems of Manila Observatory invites you to a brown bag session:

Identifying major climate risk areas in the Philippines using a case study approach

by Benjamin Franta, Ph.D. Candidate


The Philippines is believed to have one of the highest levels of climate-change related risk in the world.  The reasons for the country’s high risk include its exposure to hydrological events, such as typhoons that may change as a result of global warming, as well as its socioeconomic vulnerability resulting from widespread poverty, developing infrastructure, and challenges in governance, features common to many developing countries.  Managing climate-related risks in the Philippines requires managing both disaster events and long-term risks.  In this talk, I illustrate some of the challenges facing climate change adaptation efforts in the Philippines, using the areas of Cagayan de Oro and Iloilo as case studies.  The case studies are informed by stakeholder interviews carried out in 2014 and are useful for identifying immediate risk factors within the local context as well as more fundamental, systemic risk factors that are important globally which I call “major climate risk areas.”  Addressing these major climate risk areas will help to build general resilience to climate change at a national scale.

About the Speaker

Benjamin Franta:

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Physics from School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
  • Visiting Researcher in Resilence to Climate Change Impacts at Manila Observatory
  • Graduate of Harvard’s Graduate Consortium on Energy and Environment
  • Research Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, 2014-2015
  • Has background in Physics / Applied Physics, Mathematics, and Archaeological Science

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