Organization: Global Earthquake Model Foundation and GFDRR
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 9:00am – 11:00am
Room: Auditorio Bernardo Quintana
The first step towards improved disaster preparedness and resilience is to better understand risk. Over the past decade, there has been an improvement in the availability of risk information, but for many of the poorest and most vulnerable countries, the lack of data, models and results to inform DRR is still a challenge.
As a response to these issues, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and the UK Department for International Development’s (DFID) launched the Challenge Fund initiative, which is supporting the development of data, products, and knowledge to support disaster risk management. Three consortia led by the British Geological Survey, the Global Earthquake Model Foundation and the University College of London were selected to develop an open data schema for hazard, exposure, and vulnerability datasets, respectively. In total, fourteen national and international organizations worked together to understand the challenges in creating, storing and disseminating such datasets. The open data schemas were populated with data for the country of Tanzania, and demonstrated for five other nations in Africa (Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and Mozambique).
This side event will focus on three main topics: 1) presentation of the data schemas for hazard, exposure and vulnerability; 2) demonstration of the current data through the recently developed Data Exploration Tool; 3) discussion concerning how these resources can be used to improve the availability of risk data at the global scale, and support disaster risk reduction.