Reliable climate information can help countries plan for adverse and beneficial climate events, allocate resources, adapt to climate change and achieve development goals.
Agriculture is the source of livelihood and sustenance for the majority of the Earth's poor and an engine of economic growth in much of the developing world. Climate risk is a challenge for agriculture everywhere, but especially for the hundreds of millions whose livelihoods depend on rainfed agriculture in marginal, high-risk environments.
The Financial Instruments Sector Team helps people overcome climate risk through financial tools like index insurance and index-based disaster risk management. Through our partners, collaborators, and educational activities, we are engaging the players necessary to represent the wide array of expertise and perspectives and build community driven solutions.
Extreme weather and climate are involved in two-thirds of the deaths and economic losses that result from natural hazards. The impacts of extremes can be severe in all countries, whether because of poor resilience or because of exposure of expensive assets to risk.
Earth Observation Applications
The IRI Earth Observation Applications group researches innovative and practical uses of Earth science data and knowledge. It supports applied research and applications projects that foster use of earth observations from satellites and ground-based measurements.
Public health emerges as the final common pathway for all impacts of climate variability and climate change on individuals as well as societies. It is essential that public health communities and government central planners understand the role climate plays in driving disease burden and affecting economic growth.
As fragile ecosystems across the globe face increased demand for agricultural land and natural resources, they become ever more vulnerable to the consequences-- economic, societal and environmental-- of changing climate patterns.