Most downloaded Climate, Disaster and Development Journal articles in 2019

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The Oscar M. Lopez Center is pleased to present a list of the most downloaded Climate, Disaster and Development Journal (CDDJ) articles in 2019. The CDDJ is an open-access platform for peer-reviewed papers on all aspects and intersections of climate, disasters, and development, and their interaction. 

The list is not intended to be a definitive listing of the CDDJ’s ‘best’ articles, but rather a sampling of the content and variety of research to be found in the journal. Whether you are reading these articles for the first time or from renewed interest, we hope you will find them stimulating and impactful.


Simulating Impacts of ENSO and Climate Change on Sugar Cane Production in Negros Occidental Province, Philippines

Edgardo E. Tongson, Volume 4, Issue 1, November 2019 (


  • The AquaCrop simulations show 5%-30% yield increases in 2050.
  • Irrigation access can increase yield by 17%, or from 60 t/ha to 71 t/ha, by 2050.
  • Shifting the planting dates from May to March can increase yield by 13%.
  • December to March rainfall explains 82% of variability in the simulated yields.
  • Guidelines for upscaling point models to larger areas show potential for Philippine application.

Keywords: AquaCrop, Climate Change, ENSO, Irrigation, Negros, Sugarcane

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Transportation Resilience in the Global South: A Post-Haiyan Investigation in Tacloban, Philippines

Iderlina Mateo-Babiano, Volume 3, Issue 1, August 2018 (


  • Environmental disasters impose significant physical stresses on a city, including its transportation networks.
  • Literature in transportation and disaster resilience continues to be limited.
  • By using Tacloban as the empirical context, this paper could gain a better understanding of the mobility and accessibility challenges in a disaster context.
  • Transport resilience is a crucial component in building a resilient society.

Keywords: Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Resilience, Philippines, Transport, Vulnerability

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Tourism Industry Financing of Climate Change Adaptation: Exploring the Potential in Small Island Developing States

Janto S. Hess and Ilan Kelman, Volume 2, Issue 2, July 2017 (


  • Several promising revenue mechanisms in the tourism industry of SIDS exist that can be tapped to fund the industry’s climate change adaptation.
  • Private adaptation financing initiatives presumed to be cost-effective and feasible for the tourism industry include investing in water efficiency and pooling resources in a targeted fund, which are then allocated by need.
  • The biggest barriers to engage the tourism industry in SIDS to fund its own CCA are the government’s assumed economic dependency on tourism, consumer expectations and demands, and assumptions about costs and benefits.
  • Varying incentive structures and price sensitivity suggest that government frameworks are needed to create substantive and effective action.

Keywords: Adaptation, Climate Change, Climate Finance, SIDS, Small Island Developing States

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Adaptive capacity of local communities to flash floods and landslides: Comparison of indigenous and non-indigenous people in Eastern Mindanao

Elena A. Eugenio, Lilibeth A. Acosta, Damasa B. Magcale-Macandog, Paula Beatrice M. Macandog, Edwin R. Abucay, Jesse B. Manuta, Rowee Joy S. Decena, Jonel R. Palanas, Marivic B. Hayana, Louela T. Araquil, and Jemimah Mae A. Eugenio, Volume 3, Issue 1, December 2018 (


  • Indigenous people have low adaptive capacity for both short- and long-term impacts of typhoon-induced floods and landslides.
  • Many indigenous people with low and very low adaptive capacity live in Andap, which was most devastated by the typhoon.
  • Education and capacity building are essential to improving access to resources and thus increasing the adaptive capacity of the indigenous people.

Keywords: Adaptive Capacity, Climate Change, Disaster, Indigenous People, Philippines, Vulnerability

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Adaptive Capacity of Indigenous Peoples to Changing Climate: The case of the Aytas of Floridablanca, Pampanga, Philippines

Samantha Geraldine De los Santos, Maria Ana T. Quimbo, Dulce D. Elazegui, Margaret M. Calderon, Cristino L. Tiburan Jr., and Flordeliza A. Sanchez, Volume 2, Issue 2, July 2017 (


  • Typhoons, prolonged drought and excessive rain affect the Aytas severely, but typhoons cause the most damage to natural resources.
  • The medium-level Household Adaptive Capacity Index (HACI) (0.49) of the Aytas indicates that the five assets of sustainable livelihood must be improved simultaneously through various identified strategies.
  • Long-term solutions (e.g., early warning systems) formulated in consideration of the Floridablanca Ayta Indigenous Cultural Community’s indigenous knowledge and available assets are recommended.

Keywords: Adaptive Capacity, Climate Change, Indigenous Peoples, Sustainable Livelihood

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Adaptation and adaptive capacity to flooding of farming households: Insights from Mabitac, Laguna, Philippines

Racquel Helena Abagat, Efraim D. Roxas, Joan Pauline P. Talubo, and Edwin R. Abucay, Volume 2, Issue 2, July 2017 (


  • The farming households’ adaptive capacity level to flooding is generally moderate.
  • The low adaptive capacity level of farming households is mainly caused by low level of information resources, financial resources, and livelihood diversity.
  • The decision to practice adaptation and the number of adaptation practices used are not associated with the adaptive capacity level.
  • Improving the livelihood diversity and physical resources of farming households in Mabitac, Philippines will significantly contribute to an increased adaptive capacity level.

Keywords: Adaptation, Adaptive Capacity, Climate Change, Flooding, Mabitac

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Submit an article to the CDDJ

The CDDJ submission-review process is administered online and there is no publication fee required. We accept original research and perspective articles:

  • Submission guidelines (Original Research) – Paper written by researchers who actually conducted the study. It should include the hypothesis or research question, the purpose of the study, and the details of the research methods. The research findings should be reported. These findings should be interpreted and possible implications discussed.
  • Submission guidelines (Perspective Articles) – Paper that highlights recent and exciting advances or ideas from a personal viewpoint but well grounded on scientific evidence and based on a balanced review of literature on the subject. It should provide an in-depth analysis, novel or fresh insights, and solid arguments. Proposed directions for future research or action are expected.

Visit the CDDJ website for a brief guide on publishing a paper in CDDJ and our Call for Submission