Advances in forecasting and technology promise more effective early warning systems for natural hazards. What stands between disaster alert and action, and how can the impact of early warning tools be enhanced?
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The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) aims to support decision-makers in designing and delivering 'climate compatible' development.
They attempt to do this by combining research, advisory services, resources, and knowledge management in support of locally owned and managed policy processes.
They have worked in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally.
The website provides details on key research areas, past and ongoing projects, as well as research calls for future work.
The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is an international and inter-governmental institution, owned and managed by its Member States, for the generation and application of early warning information.
RIMES evolved in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, to establish a regional early warning system within a multi-hazard framework and capacity building for preparedness and response to trans-boundary hazards.
It monitors and analyses seismic, sea level and deep ocean data, as well as providing earthquake alerts and regional tsunami bulletins. It also provides short term extreme weather information and long term seasonal climate estimations to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services. Finally, it also identifies risk management options and develops decision support tools.
The website is divided into six sections: societal application; earthquake & tsunami; weather & extreme events; water-related hazards; seasonal climate; and climate change. It provides an earthquake monitor, tsunami bulletins, and flood and drought forecasts, as well as a number of resources including papers, publications and newsletters.