PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2010, Vol. 29 ›› Issue (2): 159-165.doi: 10.11820/dlkxjz.2010.02.005

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Integrated Risk Governance Paradigm for Meteorological Disasters: Thoughts on the Low-temperature Freezing Rain and Snow Disaster in Southern China of 2008

HU Aijun1,2, LI Ning1, ZHU Yande2, WU Jidong1, GUO Haifeng2, LI Chunhua3   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology|Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and
    Natural Disaster, Ministry of Education of China|Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management, Ministry of
    Civil Affairs &|Ministry of Education, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China|2. Hunan Meteorological Bureau,
    Changsha 410007, China|3. Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha 410004, China
  • Online:2010-02-25 Published:2010-02-25


Most provinces in southern China suffered from low-temperature freezing rain and snow disaster at the beginning of 2008. Based on the data about the situation of the disaster reported by newspapers and weather forecast information of Hunan province, the paper thoroughly analyzes many problems in the meteorological disasters emergency responses, including the faultiness of meteorological disasters emergency response mechanism, the absence of meteorological disaster integrated risk appraisal, and the failure of risk communication. And then we bring forward the concept of “Meteorological Disaster Integrated Risk” as an indicator factor, to reflect meteorological disasters in many integrated risk chains in terms of the interaction between natural and human dimensions. Finally, we establish a meteorological disaster integrated risk governance paradigm according to disaster processes. It is important to improve meteorological disaster integrated risk appraisals and to constitute an emergency disposition of social linkage mechanism based on effective risk communication mechanism.

Key words: emergency response, freezing rain &, integrated risk, integrated risk governance paradigm, sow disasters