Krescencja Glapiak

Loughborough University


Deadly Climate Hazards Combined: Tropical Cyclones and Deadly Heat


Dr Tom Matthews and Dr John Hillier

PhD Summary

As global temperatures rise, individual climate-driven hazards might become more intense or frequent. However, the greater concern should focus on entirely new or unrecognized risks caused by combinations of two or more hazards which may prove to be most catastrophic, such as severe risk posed by dangerous heat following major tropical cyclones. With suitable physical understanding of the climate system it should be possible to identify likely devastating natural hazard combinations before they first impact. This PhD project will contribute by investigating the rising possibility of compound hazards of deadly (humid) heat events following tropical cyclones. The most sophisticated multi-hazard probabilistic risk modelling (i.e. catastrophe modelling) is in insurance, with the World Bank now leading efforts to drive this expertise into the Disaster Risk Finance (DRF) community. This PhD will feed into that effort, contributing to pursuit of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

What inspires you?

I was always adjacent to the natural world in my academic life. Eventually, I discovered an interest for the impacts from natural hazards exacerbated by climate change. This I discovered through developing a broad academic understanding of the many issues which feature into the topic I am now researching.

Previous Activity

I did my first master’s at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun - Geography with specialisation - Planning and spatial management, however I decided to continue my academic career and undertake a second master’s degree course – Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University. Until Autumn 2019 I held a position as a GIS Specialist, working on a contract with Scottish Power, while in the meantime working as a research assistant on a project conducted by Dr Mikulewicz (Centre for Climate Justice, Glasgow Caledonian University) - Investigating local resistance to climate change adaptation: Climate injustice in São Tomé and Príncipe.

Why did you choose Docotoral Research?

I have always been very interested in science and wanted to explore its applicability to issues I am passionate about. During my studies I discovered that I want to conduct my own research, I realised that this is the only suitable path to achieve my personal ambitions. Developing my PhD thesis here allows me to do this. I hope that this reserch will not only provide a better understanding of investigating these issues but raise awareness of compound Climate Hazards and the deadly risk they pose to our society.

Why did you choose a CENTA Studentship?

I was interested in the CENTA studentship, not only for the possibility of the co-operation with different research centres united in CENTA, but also for the additional training opportunities in my field of research, such as statistical modelling.

What are your future plans

I believe that the CENTA studentship will provide me with a well-respected research qualification and valuable skills crucial when applying for postdoctoral and research positions in the future.