JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Climate Change and Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region

Cdr Abhijit Singh was Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Click here for detailed profile.
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  • January 2015
    Volume: 
    9
    Issue: 
    1
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    Climate change is likely to influence maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The growing unpredictability in climate and weather patterns is having a disproportionate impact over the region. Not only is the IOR predicted to bear the brunt of future climatic changes, it is also likely to face strong constraints in meeting the coming threats. The effect of climate change on human security in the IOR is only likely to be matched by the impact of extreme weather conditions on naval operations and the security of maritime assets. This article argues that changing climate could take the form of a structural challenge that regional maritime forces will need to prepare systematically to tackle effectively.

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