Disaster Resilient Cities

Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes and Physical Hazards for Kuala Lumpur

Recent disasters in Malaysia have revealed poor coordination and weak capacity in prediction of floods and landslides and there is concern over the occurrences of strong winds, air pollution (haze) and extreme temperatures. Development of forecasting capacity is now important for major cities, particularly in view of climate change. This 34‐month project seeks £1.75 million to customise climate and hazard models from the UK to forecast physical hazards common in Kuala Lumpur i.e. flash floods & floods, landslides, sinkholes, strong winds, urban heat and local air pollution; test their viability; develop a prototype multi‐hazard platform for managing and communicating risks to enhance disaster resilience; and promote the platform through outreach and marketing. The consortium consists of 16 research and business organisations; 6 from the UK and 10 from Malaysia, which will work together on a total of 14 work packages to yield a variety of deliverables. Primary beneficiaries will be decision‐makers in local government and the insurance sector. The system will have wide application in cities across the ASEAN region.

Funding: Newton Ungku Omar Funds (UK Facilitator: Innovate UK) (£6,078,020)

Key Partners:  BGSUniversity of CambridgeCERCJBACuesta ConsultingUKM-SEADPRIUniversity of Malaya

Epicentre Staff Involved: Dina D'Ayala, Yasemin Didem Aktas, Liora Malki-Epshtein, Kai Wang