Most downloaded Climate, Disaster and Development Journal articles of all time

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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 of all time. CDDJ articles are double-blind peer-reviewed and may be on any aspect and intersection of climate, disasters, and development, and their interaction. 

The list reflects but a sample of research papers available in the journal. More are available on the website. The journal also continues to accept submissions of original research or perspective articles.

The Role of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in the Disaster Risk Management Strategies of Island Communities in Cat Hai, Vietnam

Hoang Thi Bich Hop, Nguyen Huu Ninh and Le Thi Thu Hien, Volume 2, Issue 2, July 2017 (


  • The residents of Cat Hai Island were able to preserve their traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in predicting storms and floods.
  • Although TEK on storm and flood prediction was widely used by the residents, the knowledge was not integrated into the current disaster risk management (DRM) scheme of the island.
  • The DRM of the island can be improved by integrating relevant TEK.

Keywords:  Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Community Perception, Disaster Risk Management, Climate-Related Disaster, Cat Hai Island

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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 small island developing states (SIDS) exist that can be tapped to fund the industry’s climate change adaptation (CCA).
  • 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: Climate Change, Adaptation, Climate Finance, SIDS, Small Island  Developing States

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Simulating impacts of El Niño and climate change on corn yield in Isabela, Philippines

Edgardo E. Tongson, Lanie A. Alejo and Orlando F. Balderama, Volume 2, Issue 1, January 2017 (


  • Crop simulations showed 7% to 13% reductions in growing cycles and 17% to 41% reductions in mean yields.
  • The 11% to 13% reductions in wet yields were due to effects of rising temperatures than CO2 fertilization impacts.
  • Projected rainfall patterns showed wet months becoming wetter and dry months becoming drier.
  • The length of growing seasons will be reduced from 11 months to 8 to 9 months.
  • Advancing planting dates and improving irrigation access can help mitigate heat and water stress from climate change.

Keywords:  AquaCrop, Yellow corn, El Niño, Climate Change, Isabela

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The Impacts of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: Implications to land use planning

Carlos Tito Santos, Luigi Toda, Justine Ravi Orduña, F.D. Santos and João Ferrão, Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2016 (


  • Decision makers face challenges in incorporating vulnerabilities into land use planning.
  • Potential risks of extreme weather events can be reduced and long-term resilience of people and infrastructures can be ensured by investing on and implementing risk-sensitive land use planning and instruments.
  • Climate resilience can be improved by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation measures in development planning.
  • Understanding vulnerability of climate variability and change in the context of land use planning requires looking at the contribution of comprehensive land use plans, zoning and building codes for climate resilient communities.

Keywords:  Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines, Land Use Planning, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction

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Total Carbon Column Observing Network Philippines: Toward Quantifying Atmospheric Carbon in Southeast Asia

Voltaire A. Velazco, Isamu Morino, Osamu Uchino, Nicholas M. Deutscher, Beata Bukosa, Dmitry A. Belikov,  Yu Oishi,  Takashi Y. Nakajima,  Ronald C. Macatangay, Takahiro Nakatsuru,  Shamil Maksyutov,  Florian M. Schwandner and  David W. T. Griffith, Volume 2, Issue 2, March 2017 (


  • The Philippines is located in a region where important atmospheric and carbon cycle processes, that are not well understood, take place.
  • Many countries in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
  • This collaboration between Energy Development Corporation (EDC, Philippines), National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES, Japan), and University of Wollongong (UOW, Australia) aims to establish the first TCCON station in Southeast Asia in order to help in satellite validation and atmospheric and carbon cycle studies.

Keywords:  Satellite Validation, Capacity Building, Atmospheric Processes, Carbon Cycle, TCCON

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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