Making science work for development

Natural disasters

Natural hazards destroy lives and livelihoods, and create significant economic damage across the globe.

UKCDS member organisations fund research that will help to make informed decisions on actions to reduce their impacts. By bringing UK funders together with other stakeholders, the UKCDS Secretariat promotes the sharing of information and facilitates multidisciplinary approaches to address the complex challenges that natural disasters present.

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22 December 2014
This report summarises the themes of discussion at an international workshop in February 2014 on the role of science in ‘good-enough’ disaster risk assessment. UKCDS, in partnership with the...
19 November 2014
UKCDS is helping to compile a database that will list all academic research relevant to the current Ebola crisis in West Africa. At the request of the Wellcome Trust, which itself is funding a number...
  • Global health
  • Health & development
  • Health systems
  • Natural disasters
8 July 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been continuing to facilitate collaboration between UN and international science organisations concerning the role of science and technology in disaster risk reduction (DRR...
  • Post 2015
  • The use of science in government
29 November 2013
To reduce the risks from future disasters, evidence based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) interventions should be underpinned by a robust and rigorous assessment of the risk to natural hazards. However...
26 February 2013
In June 2012, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) published a report on the ‘Use of Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters’ (the SHED report).  The report identified six...
  • Natural disasters
  • The use of science in government
30 May 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been promoting the use of science in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and supporting a statement on an international science advisory mechanism at the UN Regional Platforms on...
3 April 2014
Typhoon Haiyan was a powerful cyclone that devastated the Phillipines in 2013 - killing thousands of people and instigating a global relief effort. Through the Science in Humanitarian and Disasters (...
  • Natural disasters
  • The use of science in government