PhD Topic/Title: Deadly Climate Hazards Combined: Tropical Cyclones and Deadly Heat
In 2011, Kreska graduated from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun with a MSc in Geography with specialisation - Planning and spatial management. After seven years of working in industry sector as a GIS specialist, in 2018 she decided to change her carrier path and undertook a second master’s degree course at Glasgow Caledonian University as a student of the Climate Justice programme. In the meantime, she worked as a research assistant in the Centre for Climate Justice.
Climate Change presents one of the greatest challenges ever to have been confronted by humanity, as it affects social, political and economic systems simultaneously. The rising global temperatures accelerate the occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events, such as tropical cyclones or heatwaves. The impact of these individual climate-driven hazards is detrimental, particularly for biodiversity, fragile ecosystems, and human existence itself. Thus, the possibility of completely new unrecognised risk posed by the combination of two or more hazards which may prove to be calamitous, have to be considered and investigated further. Therefore, extensive research focus on understanding the climate system should help to not only recognise likely devastating natural hazard combinations before they first impact, but also identify the most vulnerable and susceptible regions globally. This is particularly important since the existing social mechanisms are not designed to address the issue of compound hazards effectively and sufficiently, mainly due to the absence of adequate empirical research and insufficient knowledge of local conditions, vital in construction of adaptation projects and mitigation strategies.
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