Early Warning System

The UN and Early Warning

Image: UNDRR/Amir Jina/Flickr.

Recognizing the usefulness of early warning systems, the United Nations has been operating early warning systems and advocating for their implementation and/or improvement for several decades.


African rangeland early warning system MoU signed


The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have signed a memorandum of understanding in Nairobi, Kenya on 18 January 2017. Speaking at the ceremony, the Director General of the RCMRD, Dr. Hussein Farah, emphasized the importance of both institutions in climate resilience and adaptation mechanism in Eastern and Southern Africa. RCMRD serves as a hub for the SERVIR-Eastern and Southern Africa project.


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Wed, 08/02/2017 - 02:03

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India and USA: Cooperation to monitor earth changes in high detail

NISAR: the NASA-ISRO SAR Mission (Image: NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are working together on a project to monitor earth changes in high detail.


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Wed, 03/06/2015 - 11:20

Indonesia: Early warning system for landslides to be installed

Indonesian Lesser Sunda Islands seen from space

An early warning system for landslides will be installed in vulnerable areas in Indonesia, said the head of the Indonesian National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), Syamsul Maarif.

The installation of the system was ordered by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, following the landslide in Central Java that killed at least 82 people on Friday December 12, 2014.


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Wed, 24/12/2014 - 13:19

Philippines: Government develops disaster early warning system

Satellite image shows floods in the Philippines

The Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines has developed an early warning system in order to keep the public informed of possible storm surges floods or landslides.

The system is made primarily to warn residents in densely populated areas up to 48 hours in advance. The warnings for storm surges will have three indicators – for storms up to 2 meters in height, from 2 to 5 meters and for over 5 meters. The flooding warning system also has three levels of indicators– 129 mm rainfall in the next 24 hours, up to 190mm and up to 240mm.

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Thu, 06/02/2014 - 13:41

3rd Regional Training Course on End-to-End Multi Hazards Early Warning Systems

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

The course offers to build the capacity of professionals to design, manage, evaluate and undertake improvements in people centred end-to-end early warning systems for hydro-meteorological & geological hazards and extreme events associated with climate change and variability. It builds upon ADPC’s two decades of experience in disaster management, facilitating regional cooperation and building capacities of disaster management institutions at all government levels, disaster management practitioners and communities.





Training Target Audience: 

The course is aimed at senior level disaster managers and development workers, including officials of national and provincial governments, extension officers, defense forces, emergency services, staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, IFRC/ICRC, UN agencies and the private sector.

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Training Requirements: 

Participants who have considerable measure of responsibilities in the area of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery and disaster management policy will gain the most from the curriculum. Some early warning background is desirable, but not essential.

Tuition Remarks: 

The standard course fee of US$2,000 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (6 nights), two break refreshments & lunch (Monday-Friday) during the training, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch on weekends, all dinners, health/accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who wish to seek own accomodation can choose an alternative course fee package of US$1575.


03/03/2014 to 07/03/2014

Registration Deadline: 

Thu, 13/02/2014

Venue City: 


Event Organisers: 

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center


Internationally experienced practitioners and experts from ADPC and other partner organizations will conduct and facilitate the EWS course.

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Pakistan: Building flash flood resilience in mountainous regions

As flash floods hit Pakistan in February and caused damage over a wide area which also killed 29 people in various area in Peshawar, ICIMOD, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development and host of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, tries to help communities in understand and adapt to the impact of human development and climate change. ICIMOD also works together with the local authority, Province Disaster Management Authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, to raise awareness within communities on minimizing damages.


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Mon, 11/03/2013 - 08:59

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New Way to Map Drought and Water Use

Every month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Center for Climate Prediction has a drought briefing by teleconference to identify the latest drought areas in North America, writes Don Comis of the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). ARS scientists, Martha Anderson and Bill Kustas, are hoping that in a year or so, data from their computer model/satellite package will give evapotranspiration (ET) maps a seat at that briefing.

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Wed, 08/02/2012 - 16:24

Japan Tohoku Earthquake And Tsunami Warnings

After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami the international community stepped up its efforts on developing and building early warning systems. Japan is a leading nation with respect to expertise and implementation of both earthquake and tsunami early warning systems. The Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that rushed towards and devastated the shores of Honshu island in Japan would have been a substantially larger disaster than it already is, were it not for the well functioning warning systems on the Japanese islands.


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Tue, 22/03/2011 - 12:36

UN-backed tsunami warning exercise for Caribbean to be held next week

UN tsunami early warning exercise in the Caribbean

Thirty-three countries will participate next week in the Caribbean region’s first full-scale tsunami warning exercise as part of United Nations-backed efforts to test and strengthen the region’s defences against such disasters.

Next Wednesday’s exercise, Caribe Wave 11, aims to test the early warning system for tsunamis and other coastal hazards set up in the region in 2005 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) established under the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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Fri, 18/03/2011 - 09:56


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