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Oxfam and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates the number of climate-related incidents have tripled in the last 30 years, with over 60,000 deaths globally due to natural disasters.  

Technology can enable a faster, more efficient response to disasters when they occur, reducing loss of life and injury. Innovations in areas such as robotics, IoT, big data, cloud computing, and AI are revolutionizing how we manage disasters and climate change. 

 

sustainability and disaster response

Explore the key learnings from the Sustainability and Disaster Response chapter:

  • Virtual and mixed reality environments can be used to prepare for disasters by providing trainings wherein responders are immersed in a virtual yet life-like environment. VR allows users to be effectively trained across multiple scenarios that they might encounter in the field. 

  • Improvements in cloud computing and data analysis have led to integrated and real-time systems like IoT, which are central to disaster prediction and management. IoT sensors and devices allow for monitoring of data from multiple locations in real time, instead of relying exclusively on human-based monitoring. The technology allows for communication of data to a single database site, connects a range of devices for continuous observations offering greater context, hastening recovery and response times during a disaster. 

  • Drones can be deployed quickly over disaster zones, especially in areas that are not accessible to relief workers, resulting in greater safety, security, accuracy, and immediacy for all affected parties. Drones provide mapping technology and imagery that increases situational awareness, search for survivors, assess infrastructure damage, and create maps of the impacted areas. 

  • Solar energy is an essential renewable resource in the world’s endeavor to keep climate change events at bay. Blockchain can act as a tool to make solar energy grids accessible and

sustainable by promoting data-sharing in real time, offering consumers information regarding the source of their energy.  

  • Real-time analysis of big data and increasing the ability of logistics companies to leverage that analysis through cloud and IoT, will help make commuting and transportation more sustainable by reducing inefficiencies.
     

Learn more about how technology is improving disaster prediction and preparedness by downloading the full report or visit the main report page.