Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

Climatology in support of climate risk management: A progress report

McGregor, G.R.

Climatology in support of climate risk management: A progress report Thumbnail



Climate risk management has emerged over the last decade as a distinct area of activity within the wider field of climatology. Its focus is on integrating climate and non-climate information in order to enhance the decision-making process in a wide range of climate-sensitive sectors of society, the economy and the environment. Given the burgeoning pure and applied climate science literature that addresses a range of climate risks, the purpose of this progress report is to provide an overview of recent developments in the field of climatology that may contribute to the risk assessment component of climate risk management. Data rescue and climate database construction, hurricanes and droughts as examples of extreme climate events and seasonal climate forecasting are focused on in this report and are privileged over other topics because of either their fundamental importance for establishing event probability or scale of societal impact. The review of the literature finds that historical data rescue, climate reconstruction and the compilation of climate data bases has assisted immensely in understanding past climate events and increasing the information base for managing climate risk. Advances in the scientific understanding of the causes and the characterization of hurricanes and droughts stand to benefit the management of these two extreme events while work focused on unravelling the nature of ocean–atmosphere interactions and associated climate anomalies at the seasonal timescale has provided the basis for the possible seasonal forecasting of a range of climate events. The report also acknowledges that despite the potential of climate information to assist with managing climate risk, its uptake by decision makers should not be automatically assumed by the climatological community.


McGregor, G. (2015). Climatology in support of climate risk management: A progress report. Progress in Physical Geography, 39(4), 536-553.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 25, 2015
Publication Date Aug 1, 2015
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 14, 2016
Journal Progress in Physical Geography
Print ISSN 0309-1333
Electronic ISSN 1477-0296
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 4
Pages 536-553


Accepted Journal Article (399 Kb)

Copyright Statement
McGregor, G.R. (2015) 'Climatology in support of climate risk management : a progress report.', Progress in physical geography., 39 (4). pp. 536-553. Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.

You might also like

Downloadable Citations