Early warning

An integrated system of hazard monitoring, forecasting and prediction, disaster risk assessment, communication and preparedness activities systems and processes that enables individuals, communities, governments, businesses and others to take timely action to reduce disaster risks in advance of hazardous events.

Latest Early warning additions in the Knowledge Base

Big blue wave
Research briefs
A new tool developed by researchers in the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Department of Mechanical Engineering could help provide ships and offshore platforms with early warning of unusually large and unpredictable waves.
University of Maryland
How the models did last year, how they did this year on Hurricane Beryl, and why you should pay the most heed to the National Hurricane Center forecast.
Yale Climate Connections
Wildfire burning land, photograph taken from above
Artificial intelligence (AI) has had some bad press. However, AI is also showing its value as a transformative technology that could change the way we manage threats. One such threat is wildfire. Discover AI innovations in managing wildfire risk.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Documents and publications
This study quantifies the economic value of increased flood warning time to households in the Jamuna River floodplain of Bangladesh.
Areal view of some islands in the Pacific
Only one-third of Small island developing states have multi-hazard early warning systems, which can detect a range of potential disasters. As a result, people in small island developing states are 15 times more likely to die from climate disasters.
United Nations Environment Programme
Research briefs
Conventional tornado-tracking instrumentation relies on measurements made by technologies like drones or weather balloons, but those methods often require humans to get dangerously close to the path of an oncoming storm.
Ohio State University
Women irrigate and till the soil in a garden
Up to 60% of the over 1.2 billion population in Africa is not protected by early warning systems. Improvements in risk modelling and disaster preparedness have significant implications for strengthening climate resilience in Africa.
World Economic Forum
To effectively rebuild from this disaster, Kenya will need to intentionally take measures to strengthen its resilience to the impacts of future floods and other weather-related disasters, which are projected to be exacerbated by climate change.
World Resources Institute
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