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GEO in support of Disaster Resilience

Thursday, March 7, 2019, 3:30 pm

The Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Environmental Systems Laboratory cordially invite you to the next talk in

CEU Open Lecture Series on Disaster Management


Douglas Cripe
GEO Secretariat

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Fifteenth Plenary Meeting featured a keynote presentation by Mami Mizutori, the UN’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). A theme running through the speech was that geospatial information and Earth Observations (EO) are essential to disaster risk reduction. Three specific areas that were called into focus as being essential for UNISDR and for the reduction of disaster risk: 1) the identification of priorities for national action; 2) integrating the methods where EO can be used to monitor and implement these priorities; 3) that EO data is part and parcel of building collaboration towards a global risk assessment framework. Additionally, the important role of the International Charter, both during and after a disaster event has occurred, was reaffirmed by GEO Members. However, access to the highest-quality data is only available during the response and immediate recovery phase, and GEO is exploring options on how resources within the GEO Community can be leveraged to make sure that access to data and information about disaster is available during all phases of the DRM cycle.

Douglas Cripe is an expert on health, water, ocean and science and technology at the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat, Geneva. Before joining the GEO, Dr. Cripe was a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE) at the University of Geneva; has served as assistant editor for the Environmental Science & Policy Journal (Elsevier); served as the coordinator for the climate module of the Environmental Diplomacy course offered jointly with UNEP and the Graduate Institute of Geneva; and worked several years as a Research Associate in climate modeling at Colorado State University.

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