RISK KAN EWS Webinar 24/11/22 09:00 CET:  Andrew Tupper - It's not all about the weather: strategies for connecting the natural hazards in multi-hazard early warning systems
Dr. Andrew Tupper, Natural Hazard Consulting, Melbourne


The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 contains a number of important global commitments that we are collectively failing to progress fast enough.  One of these is to “Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems” (target g).  The UN Secretary General has raised the profile of this even further through an initiative to have early warning systems with true global coverage within give years, with the leadership for this challenge given to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO is an obvious choice because of the decades-long efforts to create early warning systems in meteorology and hydrology, which together account for the bulk of natural hazards.  WMO cannot do all the heavy lifting, however, particularly for non-hydromet hazards such as geological hazards.  Despite some notable successes for tsunami warning systems, the world of geological hazard monitoring and prediction is much more fragmented, and also largely disconnected from hydrometeorology.  Efforts to close these gaps, such as for the purposes of volcanic ash and aviation, have been frustrated to a degree by a lack of international cohesion and formal networks, including at the UN level.  What can  be done about this?  This talk will suggest some strategies, with a particular focus on volcanic hazards. Please find his recent publiction on this topic here: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00445-022-01554-8

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