Exploring disaster impacts on adaptation actions in 549 cities worldwide


Whether disasters influence adaptation actions in cities is contested. Yet, the extant knowledge base primarily consists of single or small-N case studies, so there is no global overview of the evidence on disaster impacts and adaptation. 

In a recently published article, CNDS Fellows, Daniel Nohrstedt, Jacob Hileman, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Charles Parker (Uppsala university) and Maurizio Mazzoleni (VU Amsterdam) use regression analysis to explore the effects of disaster frequency and severity on four adaptation action types in 549 cities. Comparisons between cities across levels of adaptive capacity indicate a wealth effect. More affluent countries incur greater economic damages from disasters, but also have higher governance capacity, creating both incentives and opportunities for adaptation measures.

The entire article can be accessed on Nature's website

Last modified: 2023-02-01