I-REACT at the Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference

14 November 2017

Today at the Annual United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), that takes place in Bonn, UNESCO is presenting the I-REACT - Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies - project, the first European-wide platform for emergency management.

Due to climate change floods, wildfires and other extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense. This scenario poses a challenge for current risk management systems.

During the Conference, UNESCO is presenting the I-REACT system, as an example of technological solution for improving prediction and management of disasters.

I-REACT is a EU-funded project, coordinated by ISMB, involving UNESCO as one of the main partners. To help in the mitigation of the impact that climate-change is having through extreme weather events, I-REACT aims to develop a solution by integrating and modelling data coming from multiple sources.

Information from climate change models, European monitoring systems, earth observations, historical information, and weather forecasts is combined with data gathered by new technological developments created by I-REACT. These include a mobile app and a social media analysis tool to account for real-time crowdsourced information, drones to improve mapping, wearables to improve positioning, as well as augmented reality glasses to facilitate reporting and information visualization by first responders.