13 January 2015

New Report from the JRC on “Science for Disaster Risk Reduction”

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has published a new report entitled “Science for Disaster Risk Reduction”.

The objective of the report is to provide an overview of the research activities on disaster risk reduction and response that have been carried out by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. The publication addresses the key issues of preparedness, forecasting, response, and innovation, and includes a vast reference list for further reading and a list of relevant tools and databases that have been developed by the JRC.

In enhancing disaster preparedness, the JRC has developed methodologies to automatically gather data from satellite images to assess the level of disaster risk in a given area. The JRC also works to improve building safety standards, which are vital to reduce casualties in earthquake events.

The JRC has also developed disaster monitoring and alert systems, which have already proved to be useful when disasters strike. These include, most notably, the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), the European Flood Awareness System (EFAS) and the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS).

The JRC is also active in post-disaster activities. It uses remote sensing technologies to support emergency mapping and post-disaster needs assessment. The JRC is also the technical coordinator of the emergency management service of the Copernicus programme.

The full report is available here.