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Challenges and Strategies to face Agrometeorological Risks and Uncertainties — Regional Perspective in South America

  • Constantino Alarcón Velazco

Abstract

South America is one of the regions in the world, most exposed to a wide range of hydro-meteorological hazards, according to the EM-DAT, an international database on disasters, that the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is in charge of. The Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) estimates that between 1980 and 2005, almost 80% of the natural disasters, 30% of the loss of human life and 75% of economic loss that took place in the Region were caused by hydro-meteorological conditions and hazards.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Constantino Alarcón Velazco
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  1. 1.Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología (SENAMHI)Perú

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