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Vulnerability to extreme weather events in cities: implications for infrastructure and livelihoods

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posted on 05.09.2019, 09:07 by Katherine Gough, Paul Yankson, Robert Wilby, Ebenezer Amankwaa, Mercy Abarike, Samuel Codjoe, Paula Griffiths, Raymond Kasei, Sam Kayaga, Cuthbert Nabilse
Many cities in the Global South are facing challenges as they increasingly experience extreme weather events, which disproportionately affect the urban poor. Focussing on severe heat and surface water flooding, this paper explores how these extreme weather events impact on infrastructure provision and livelihoods in low- income urban communities in Ghana. Climate series, including temperature data recorded in people’s homes and workplaces, are linked to qualitative interview data collected in eight neighbourhoods within the cities of Accra and Tamale during 2018. Additional evidence was obtained through key informant interviews with health service, water and electricity supply officials. The paper demonstrates that extreme heat and flooding events are causing disruptions to infrastructure provision and impacting vulnerable populations through loss of goods and property, reduced incomes, restricted mobility, and poorer health, alongside interrupted and increasingly overstretched services. The paper concludes that improved understanding of the climate–infrastructure–livelihoods nexus can reveal entry points for adaptations that reduce the vulnerability of low-income communities to extreme weather events in cities.

Funding

British Academy under the Cities and Infrastructure Programme CI170211

History

School

  • Social Sciences
  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Department

  • Geography and Environment

Published in

Journal of the British Academy

Volume

7

Issue

s2

Pages

155 - 181

Publisher

The British Academy

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The British Academy

Acceptance date

14/06/2019

Publication date

2019-08-07

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

2052–7217

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Katherine Gough

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