Agathe Bucherie is a research officer at IRI supporting work on disaster risk management and resilience. She has a background in hydrology, water resources and flood management, and has experience working with geospatial data for a variety of geo-hazards. Her main research interests are focusing on understanding the interaction between climate, earth and society for disaster risk reduction. She conducted research on the predictability of flash floods and their impacts in northern Malawi with the UNESCO-IHE Delft Water Education Institute in the Netherlands. She has significant field experience and is particularly interested in linking scientific and local knowledge, and in the analysis and integration of hydro-meteorological, geomorphological, and socioeconomic datasets to support disaster preparedness actions and policy development. Previously a project manager with the Netherlands Red Cross, she coordinated technical activities related to landscape restoration and Early Warning Early Action projects, including Forecast based Financing, in Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Mali. She also is an experienced facilitator, designing and leading workshops internationally.
Agathe is currently supporting the NASA + Group on Earth Observations funded project on Global Flash Flood Risk, as well activities on compound risks with the World Bank.