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Brown Bag webinar Disaster Monitoring and Response System

We are pleased to report the completion of the third brown bag session with the AHA Centre on Friday, November 12. Mohammad Fadli, AHA Liaison Officer embedded with the Pacific Disaster Centre, presented the Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS) managed by the AHA Centre. The activity was carried out in the spirit of mutual learning and exchange between EU and ASEAN

Topics included:

  • What is the DMRS
  • Who are its users
  • What technology is behind the system
  • How data is obtained and processed  
  • How DMRS is used operationally by AHA Centre

Among the valuable learnings of the session included that this platform allows AHA Centre to monitor disasters 24/7 and globally, accessing data on exposure, risk and vulnerability from countries relevant to ASEAN disaster awareness. Based on DisasterAware technology, the platform generated information both automatically and manually. Data feeds in moreover from a variety of international and national sources tracking hazards. The AHA team then filters the global data and variables for material most relevant to ASEAN. One helpful example described how the platform is used to generate warnings of tropical cyclones:

For tropical cyclones, we run the TAOS model...It can predict the path of the tropical cyclone and also the impact around the tropical cyclone including the wind impacts, the speed, the position and also you can see here the storm surge that occurs and also some tropical cyclone rainfall. This kind of hazard is modelled and this warning is generated....You can see the prediction for the next three hours, where the tropical cyclone is heading...We already calculate and estimate how many people that will be affected. (Mohammad Fadli)

This informative session with some great examples clearly succeeded in sharing learning among participants on how AHA Centre uses this important tool, as well as clarifying the collaboration with NDMOs the collection and dissemination of disaster data. Currently the DMRS system is accessed only by AHA Centre staff and some officers of ASEAN NDMOs. DMRS is in the process of becoming fully interoperable with AHA’s own disaster archive function, ADI-Net.

A warm LACER thanks to Mohammad Fadli for his excellent and user-friendly presentation of the DMRS.