Sense, Predict, Act

Early Warning Systems R&D Program

EWS capabilities are critical for enabling proactive mitigation strategies and increasing resiliency

Both the impact and the frequency of weather extremes leading to natural disasters has been increasing worldwide with over 600 disasters globally each year being recorded by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) based in Brussels. According to the World Bank, approximately 20% of earth’s land mass and 3.5 billion people are highly exposed to at least one hazard. The lack of state-of-the-art National Early Warning System (EWS) capabilities and capacity is prevalent in all South American nations (and the developing world more generally). Having a fully operational Early Warning System is a foundational component towards enabling a proactive mitigation strategy to increase resiliency and adaptation to increasing weather extremes and climate change-related disasters. Further, an integrated and holistic decision making platform is essential to enable decision makers to make appropriate investments in R&D to advance scientific capabilities as well as in infrastructure development.