Collaborations & Parternships

Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry

Climate and weather hazards such as droughts, flooding, wildfires, and storms, are connected to the interaction of various weather and climate related variables. These interactions involve more than one extreme climate and weather events or in some cases may be a combination of climate and weather events that are not extremes events, but whose combinations results in extreme human and economic impacts. For instance, the combination of extreme evapotranspiration, extreme precipitation deficit and temperature may be an indicator for drought.

 In order to progress this area of research, the COST action DAMOCLES awarded a grant for a Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) for a collaboration between the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disaster (CRED), Belgium and the Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry, Germany. Between 1st April, 2019 to 12th April, 2019, Thomas Ogbu, a PhD candidate from CRED, traveled to Germany for the collaboration. The main aim of the project is how best to link climate induced humanitarian catastrophes with the actual environmental conditions. To achieve this long-term aim this STSM was to explore ways to technically couple the geo-referenced disaster events recorded in the Emergency Events Database of CRED with the environmental conditions and their associated anomalies as contained in the Earth System Data Lab of the Max Planck Institute of Biogeochemistry.

The results of the STSM indicate that over 80% of climate related hazards captured in the Emergency Event Database of CRED were successfully coupled with climate anomalies data. As an ongoing area of research, we intend to investigate the relationship between the economic impact data and climate anomalies data using appropriate statistical techniques.



International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: CRED and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have been partners since their collaboration on the World Disaster Report (WDR) in 1993, in which CRED contributed by preparing the statistical data tables and analyses on an annual basis. Using the OFDA/CRED EM-DAT database, CRED provided annual key trends and statistics on natural and technological disasters, including the number of events, number of killed, as well as affected and estimated damages.

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The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction : CRED and UNDRR (formerly UNISDR) have been partners since 2003, and, using the EM-DAT database, have collaborated on Annual Press Conferences, providing statistical and analytical support for the UNDRR, contributing to various publications, and creating an interlink between both website for dynamic display of products based on EM-DAT (ie. country profiles).

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U.S. Agency for International Development: CRED and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the US Agency for International Development Development (USAID) have enjoyed a close collaboration since 1999. Their joint aim was to complete the EM-DAT database and validate its content. Together, they decided to create a database-specific website with free access in order to provide users with a reliable source of disaster-data covering the entire globe. Since 1999, OFDA has contributed to the maintenance and enhancement of the EM-DAT database and services, as well as the development of other related activities, such as the Regional Disaster Information System (RE-DAT) and a Disaster Database Portal.

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Other Partners

Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 

Global Risk Identification Programme

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 


Provention Consortium

The World Bank 

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