In rating the island’s level of exposure and vulnerability to extreme events, Germanwatch’s 2010 Global Climate Risk Index ranks Dominica 25th out of 150 countries at risk and 55th with losses of 9.62% gross domestic product based on an analysis of extreme weather events between 1998 and 2007. Two factors were cited for Dominica: the impact of global warming on rising sea levels that increase the risk of storm surges, and the increase in the strength of hurricanes. Dominica is at risk to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, floods and landslides, and hurricanes.
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.