Croatia is at risk of meteorological hazards and natural disasters, which primarily affect the agricultural, water, and energy sectors through seasonal flooding, decreased precipitation, and periods of drought. Temperatures are already observed to be increasing. Precipitation, despite high variability, appears to be decreasing and more extreme weather events are occurring, especially droughts and heat waves. Croatia is also at risk of earthquakes, forest fires, flooding, water scarcity and extreme heat. This is expected to result in impacts primarily to agriculture and water sectors as well as to wider population health. Vulnerable groups, such as those with fewer economic opportunities and the elderly are particularly at risk of natural hazards and increasing impacts of climate change.
This section provides a summary of key natural hazards and their associated socioeconomic impacts in a given country. And it allows quick evaluation of most vulnerable areas through the spatial comparison of natural hazard data with development data, thereby identifying exposed livelihoods and natural systems.