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Raising risk awareness: communicating climate science for policy and practice

Recent scientific advances now make it possible to determine whether climate change played a role in extreme weather events like floods, droughts and heat waves, in near real time. Communicating this timely and accurate information to decision-makers within the window of opportunity after a disaster can help inform critical decisions around recovery, reconstruction, investments and planning.

Raising Risk Awareness initiative brings together scientists from ‘World Weather Attribution’ (WWA) initiative – an effort led by Climate Central with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, University of Oxford, University of Melbourne and Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute – with Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), to assess whether climate change has contributed to extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and heatwaves in several countries across East Africa and South Asia.

We will look at how climate science is currently shared and used by different groups – decision-makers, the public, local scientists and the media – and where the opportunities are for using this data to inform critical and life-saving decisions.

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Emma Lovell and Mairi Dupar