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Researchers set to explore how Malaysia can become resilient to climate change


Researchers set to explore how Malaysia can become resilient to climate change

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Two researchers from the Centre for Disaster Resilience have secured over £80,000 worth of funding to explore how cities in Malaysia can become resilient against climate change.

Dr Udayangani Kulatunga and Dr Bingunath Ingirige secured the funding, after it was revealed that increases in temperature in Malaysia had multiplied the intensity and frequency of storms and rainfalls, resulting in extreme weather events such as floods, storms, landslides and soil erosion.

The ability of the built environment to withstand the impacts of extreme weather events, like these, plays a direct role in determining how resilient the cities are.

This project intends to develop built environment specific strategies for adaptation and mitigation of climate-induced extreme weather events with the national and international collaboration of academics, practitioners and professional bodies.

Development of a CPD programme, curriculum evaluation at the partner institutions, staff development and knowledge exchange activities, carrying out joint publications, and creating long-term strategic partnership between partners are the objectives of the study.

The project is titled “Climate Impacts in Malaysia: Attenuation through an Integrated Safer built Environment (CLIMATISE)” and provides an ideal platform to further the links between the UK and Malaysia in creating a safer built environment.

It will also allow the two countries to conduct knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer at an institutional level following on from the previous Malaysia – UK Researcher links project grant CARE-RISK which the centre for disaster resilience received in November 2015.

The project is being funded by a research grant from the British Council under the Newton Institutional Links programme.