About the Project

Timber building frame

RC3 is an interdisciplinary project bringing together engineers, climate scientists, experts in disaster risk management and conservationists to understand and address the vulnerability of communities to cyclones in Madagascar.

The project is an innovative application of a holistic vulnerability model, taking into account the true structural capacity of local building systems, the current and future climate and the capacity of society to respond and adapt to cyclone winds. This will be studied by an interdisciplinary research consortium in the UK, Kenya and Madagascar.

This project aims to:

1. develop a tool to assess the structural capacity of traditional houses to resist cyclone wind loads;

2. characterise the exposure of Madagascar to cyclones in the current climate and project exposure under future climate change scenarios;

3. assess the current and future capacity for Malagasy society to respond and adapt to natural disasters;

4. combine structural, climatic and social models to develop a probabilistic model to predict current and future resilience; and

5. engage with NGOs and local stakeholders to transfer identified adaptive measures to local practice.

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