Building capacity and improving climate resilience in the Philippines

NASA image of Typhoon Haiyan

A DFID funded project to help build capacity and resilience to changing typhoon risks and climate extremes in the Philippines.

Project summary

Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) struck the Philippines in November 2013, causing significant damage and loss of life. In response, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) pledged support for the recovery and reconstruction effort. DFID is funding the Met Office, in partnership with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), to help strengthen PAGASA's technical capabilities as well as provide state-of-the-art information to guide decisions and build resilience to future climate-related risks.

The project has a series of objectives to build capacity and increase resilience, including:

  • informing reconstruction plans - generating information from climate models relevant to the programmes being coordinated at country level;
  • liaising with key stakeholders such as national and local government as well as other groups working with communities;
  • building long term capacity for weather forecasting and disaster resilience in order to generate and analyse weather and climate information, and translate this into hazard warnings for contingency planners and the government;
  • promoting secondments and workshops involving staff from PAGASA and the Met Office;
  • working in partnership with PAGASA to continue delivering state-of-the-art weather and climate hazard warning capabilities; and
  • applying novel science to provide information on climate risks, specifically in relation to tropical cyclones and sea level rise.

A central component of this project is the generation and analysis of high-resolution future climate simulations, using a regional climate model (HadGEM3-RA) developed by the Met Office Hadley Centre. The simulations will provide insights into the variable and changing nature of tropical cyclones and climate extremes in the Philippines. This information will be complimented by simulations at PAGASA using the regional climate modelling system PRECIS.

Key project outputs


Project manager: David Corbelli

Science lead: Joseph Daron

Last updated: 6 June 2016

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