Improving Resilience to extreme weather events through advanced technologies

When, local time: 
Tuesday, 14 November 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: 
Germany, Bonn
Type of Event: 
Special Event
Contact: 
i.pavlova@unesco.org

Due to climate change, floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense. This scenario poses a challenge for current risk management systems. During this event, we will present UNESCO’s contribution to Disaster Risk Reduction and technological solutions for improving prediction and management of disasters. In particular, solutions provided by I-REACT (Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies) system will be highlighted.

UNESCO works side by side with the civil protection departments of its member states, its sister organizations and their programmes developed in response to the international crisis, to enhance dissemination activities, share achievements and look for possible synergies with the global communities of users, the technological community, the academia, and the private sector.

I-REACT is a EU-funded project, involving UNESCO as one of the main partners. To help in the mitigation of the impact that climate-change is having through extreme weather events, I-REACT aims to develop a solution by integrating and modelling data coming from multiple sources.

Information from climate change models, European monitoring systems, earth observations, historical information, and weather forecasts is combined with data gathered by new technological developments created by I-REACT. These include a mobile app and a social media analysis tool to account for real-time crowdsourced information, drones to improve mapping, wearables to improve positioning, as well as augmented reality glasses to facilitate reporting and information visualisation by first responders.