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Early Warning Systems. A State of the Art Analysis and Future Directions

Early Warning Systems. A State of the Art Analysis and Future Directions
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). August 2012
  • This report presents a state of the art assessment of existing monitoring/early warning systems (EWS) organized according to type of environmental threats, including among others hydro-meteorological hazards (desertification, droughts, floods, impacts of climate variability, severe weather, storms, and tropical cyclones), epidemics and food insecurity. It identifies current gaps and needs with the goal of laying out guidelines for developing a global multi-hazard early warning system. Chapter 1 introduces the basic concepts of early warning systems; Chapter 2 introduces the role of earth observation systems for disasters and environmental change; Chapter 3 focuses on existing early warning/monitoring systems; and Chapter 4 presents a global multi-hazard approach to early warning.
  • Geographical coverage: Global
  • Main themes: Desertification, Disaster prevention, Drought, Environment, Floods, Food security, Meteorology, Monitoring, Risk management, Water quality
  • Main target audience: Community, Decision makers, Governments, Policy makers
  • Main purpose: Awareness raising, Guidance
  • Type of resource: Assessment report, Glossary, Guidelines, Recommendations
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Published in 2015