Early Warning is a System not a Technology
Presented by Engineers Without Borders and ONE at BU
EWB/ONE Spring Speaker Series
Pablo Suarez of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center
Pablo will talk about work the Red Cross is doing to develop early warning and early action systems, including a pilot program in Sengal.
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: SED 130
Two Silber Way
Boston, MA 02115
Pablo Suarez got involved with the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center as a technical advisor. His work as researcher and consultant focuses on the integration of climate information into decision making for reducing vulnerability, both at community level and through national and global policies.
This short film (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87Hl66K7nnE) shows how the Red Cross is finding new ways to turn predictions into decisions. Near the mouth of the Senegal River, residents of Doune Baba Dieye are experiencing more frequent and severe floods. These extreme events are predictable – but they had never learned about modern forecasts, or met the scientists that make the predictions that could save their lives. Here we see how the Red Cross is using a game to help promote dialogue and turn knowledge into action.