Scorching heat drying out our lakes and ponds. Heavy storms flooding our streets, gardens and houses. The changing climate is coming closer and closer to home. It is no longer ‘only’ about melting ice caps thousands of kilometers away. And the disasters that climate change is fueling are beginning to hit us all. What can we do to prevent these (un)natural disasters? Is it even possible to at least reduce the risks? Or are we all utterly and completely screwed?
Maarten van Aalst is the new professor for ‘Spatial resilience for Disasters Risk Reduction’ at the Prinses Margriet Research Chair (ITC Faculty). ‘I want to look back and see that my work has made a real difference, that it reduced mortality and human suffering.’