Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2013
From Shared Risk to Shared Value: the Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction

Data Platform

All available data is provided via the interactive Risk Viewer, the national disaster loss database platform DesInventar, and the global risk database Preview.

Risk Data Viewer

The global risk analysis presented in the Global Assessment Reports is based on a joint effort by leading scientific institutions, governments, UN agencies and development banks, the private sector and non-governmental organisations. This interactive Risk Viewer provides the global risk data from the Global Assessment Report, presented in an easily accessible manner.

National Disaster Loss Data Collection Initiative

As result of the joint effort of many government and international institutions, a growing number of national disaster loss databases have been built over the past years, starting with the pioneer work of Latin American countries which has been more recently followed by Asian and later African countries. Most of these countries have kindly published this information as open data for the benefit of everyone.

The majority of these databases have been built with the support of the United Nations (UNISDR and UNDP) using the DesInventar methodology and open software tools. While most of these national databases were built in developing countries, a few high income countries have also made efforts to assemble these types of datasets, most notably the USA, Canada and Australia.


The PREVIEW Global Risk Data Platform is a multiple agencies effort to share spatial data information on global risk from natural hazards. Users can visualise, download or extract data on past hazardous events, human & economical hazard exposure and risk from natural hazards. It covers tropical cyclones and related storm surges, drought, earthquakes, biomass fires, floods, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The collection of data is made via a wide range of partners (see About for data sources). This was developed as a support to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) and replace the previous PREVIEW platform already available since 2000. Many improvements were made on the data and on the application.

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