How artificial intelligence could help prevent natural disasters

High resolution imaging and increasingly advanced sensor technologies are allowing us to ever-more-closely monitor the world around us. Now we can use artificial intelligence and machine learning to update these maps in almost real-time, meaning we always have the latest and most accurate data. As this technology is becoming more affordable, environmental organisations are using it's processing power to generate live flood risk maps at unprecedented resolution. The hope is to one day have 'live dashboards' with computers constantly monitoring changes to help plan land use and issue warnings. 


Missing 1.5°C warming target will cost $14 trillion in floods

Floods caused by rising sea levels could cost as much as $14 trillion if we fail to keep global warming below 2°C.


Elevated hand pumps supply clean water during floods

Flood resilient handpumps in Nepal give communities access to clean, safe water during the monsoon.


Flood warnings save lives across boundaries

Trans-boundary flood early warning systems have the potential to save thousands of lives across Asia.  This example - presented by Practical Action and the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction - shows the potential impact of a warning system between Nepal and India in the Mahakali river basin. 


Resilience is more than income – lessons from Accra’s 2015 floods

In June 2015, after two days of heavy rain, flood water washed away Sarah’s small store in Accra, which provided for her family of three. The flood that hit the city in June 2015 affected around 53,000 people in the city and caused an estimated US$100 million in damages. Slum areas in the Odaw basin were among the worst hit.


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