Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1091–1105, 2016
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 16, 1091–1105, 2016
Research article
12 May 2016
Research article | 12 May 2016

Tropical cyclone perceptions, impacts and adaptation in the Southwest Pacific: an urban perspective from Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga

Andrew D. Magee et al.

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This study investigates how tropical cyclones impact urban residents of Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga. We investigate how people perceive tropical cyclones (TCs), how they are impacted and what methods of adaptation are used to offset damage from TC activity. We propose a conceptual framework to merge the non-traditional knowledge of weather forecasting and climate science with weather-related traditional knowledge, and explore the possibilities of developing a multidimensional TC forecasting tool.
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