Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


AOSS Professor Ricky Rood on the Pakistan Flood: A Climate Disaster Case Study

Posted: August 26, 2010

“What is happening in Pakistan cannot be described in a single word – like disaster or catastrophe. We are watching a combination of climate, weather, population, societal capacity, and geopolitics whose scope and ramifications are far beyond a ‘historic flood.’

“I do not have any special insight, but I do have a special interest. My youngest sister Elizabeth is in Peshawar on the front line of the flood. She is the ‘friend’; that Jeff Masters' referred to in his blog on August 10, 2010. (As picked up in the NYTimes.) And with this personal interest, I find myself digging around sources of local Pakistani news. What we are watching has all of the elements of climate disaster of the type that is predicted to be more common in the future. Let’s deconstruct this.”

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