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Reducing risk of future disasters

Foresight project looking at how science can reduce the impacts of natural disasters.

Today, there are more people at risk from natural hazards than ever before, with those in developing countries particularly at risk.

While taking the correct action in response to such disasters is critical, so too is forecasting events and planning to minimise their impact.

The aim of this project was to provide advice to decision makers on how science can inform the difficult choices and priorities in disaster risk reduction (DRR), so that the impacts of future disasters can be reduced.

The project was guided by a group of experts from a range of disciplines, and was informed by the best research across the physical sciences, health, social sciences and economics. Its findings will help UK and international policy makers navigate a challenging and uncertain future.

Project report

Supporting evidence

The project is supported by 14 independent papers, which were specially commissioned from leading experts across the world.

  1. Geophysical hazards: prediction
  2. Hydro-meteorological hazards: prediction
  3. Biological hazards: prediction
  4. Risk mapping: best practice
  5. Disaster risk management: challenges of climate change and exposure growth in developing countries
  6. Disaster risk reduction: data sharing
  7. Natural disasters: measuring the human and economic impact
  8. Disaster risk financing mechanisms
  9. Risk management and coping mechanisms in developing countries
  10. UK infrastructure and resilience
  11. Indirect economic impacts from disasters
  12. Mental health impacts of disasters
  13. Disaster vulnerability and resilience
  14. Disaster outcomes: role of institutions

Announcements

Published 27 November 2012