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AGU2021: SDSN Session on Population Data Needs for Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Management

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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network  invites submissions to their session at the 2021 AGU Fall Meeting titled: NH013. Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Management in the Age of Climate Change: The Need for Geo-referenced Population and Infrastructure Data. This session focuses on the integration of geo-referenced population and infrastructure datasets with environmental datasets to aid public health interventions, humanitarian action, and disaster risk reduction. We encourage submissions that bridge academic, policy, private sector, and practitioner domains (see session description below). The deadline is August 4 23:49 Eastern. 

Session Title: NH013. Humanitarian Response and Disaster Risk Management in the Age of Climate Change: The Need for Geo-referenced Population and Infrastructure Data

Session Description: From COVID-19 to unprecedented wildfires, the events of 2020 affirm that knowing where people live, work, and travel, and how vulnerable they are, is essential to public health interventions, humanitarian action, and disaster risk reduction. To this end, geo-referenced population and infrastructure data derived from Earth observations are increasingly being integrated with environmental data and models to aid decision-makers. However, many end-users are unaware of best practices when integrating and applying geo-referenced population and infrastructure data.

This session showcases progress in fitness-for-use guidelines, validation and inter-comparison, case studies, and novel applications, including crowdsourcing and machine learning. Focal areas highlight anticipatory humanitarian actions, risk reduction and financing, disease modeling, climate services, food security, and early warning systems, especially in the context of climate change. The session provides a venue for both researchers and end-users to learn about developments in geo-referenced population and infrastructure data across public and private sectors.

Conveners:
Cascade Tuholske (primary - cascade@ciesin.columbia.edu)
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Maryam Rabiee (maryam.rabiee@unsdsn.org)
Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) & Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS)

Carolynne Hultquist (c.hultquist@columbia.edu)
Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Andrew Kruczkiewicz (andrewk@iri.columbia.edu)
International Research Institute for Climate and Society, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
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