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Da Nang: Typhoon Intensity, and Climate Change ( Policy Brief)

Authors: Sarah Opitz-Stapleton; Kate Hawley 

Da Nang, located along the central Vietnamese coast, is experiencing rapid development in response to a growing population and diversifying economy. The city and the central Vietnam coastline experience tropical storms and typhoons. Significant damage to infrastructure, such as housing and office buildings, can occur during tropical storms due to high, sustained winds and post-storm due to flooding. Current housing, particularly homes built by the poor to middle income households, often cannot withstand tropical storms with winds higher than 89–102 km/hr, which are not even typhoon strength winds. This brief discusses that even though the projections from multiple climate models indicate that the total number of typhoons in the East Sea may continue to decrease in the future, it is important that the public, city planners, developers, and the department of construction do not relax building standards. Typhoons like Xangsane will still occur, some will be very strong or violent, and can cause significant damage if people are not prepared.

Citation: Opitz-Stapleton, S., & Hawley, K. (2013). Da Nang: Typhoon intensity and climate change by the 2020s & 2050s. Boulder, CO: Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International. 

Funded By: The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN); The Rockefeller Foundation

Disclaimer: This document is an output from a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Netherlands Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) for the benefit of developing countries. However, the views expressed and information contained in it are not necessarily those of or endorsed by DFID, DGIS or  the entities managing the delivery of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, which can accept no responsibility or liability for such views, completeness or accuracy of the information or for any reliance placed on them.