Disasters related to natural hazards have caused more than 2.5 million fatalities since 1980 alone. 95% of these deaths were in developing countries.
Disasters also result in severe economic losses. They undermine development progress and reinforce poverty. The destruction, damage and loss of property, crops, livestock, assets, roads, schools, health services, utilities and other vital infrastructure can set back decades of development and take decades to fully recover from.
As the effects of climate change become increasingly tangible, vulnerable and hazard-prone communities face growing, complex, and worsening challenges.
Large amounts of scientific data on risk and forecasting have been generated, but they are often not incorporated into pre-disaster preparedness or response planning, leading to missed opportunities to increase resilience or to design more effective humanitarian responses to natural hazard-related disasters.
The Ingenious Solution
We’re closing the gap between the generation and uptake of data. We’re doing this by collaborating with experts in physical and social sciences and in NGOs to provide the knowledge, tools and capacity to enhance understanding of risk and increase the resilience of communities. Across over 100 projects, implemented by almost 70 research institutions, universities, meteorological agencies, international and local NGOs around the world, we’re working to strengthen the understanding and monitoring of risk. In doing so, we’re improving the reliability and application of forecasts for decision-making, early warning systems, financing, and disaster resilience.
For more information about this work, visit the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience website