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  • English Version of Midsummer Drought Atlas for Central America and the Caribbean Released

    Tuesday, June 1, 2021
    The Midsummer Drought (“La Canícula”) is a recurring event that affects Central America and parts of the Caribbean, reducing rainfall in the middle of the rainy season and threatening vulnerable local communities. Climate change is projected to further intensify the damaging impacts of drought in the region, affecting the availability of water needed for irrigation, human consumption and ecosystems. Published in Spanish in 2018, UNESCO and its member states in the region developed a midsummer drought atlas for Central America and the Caribbean by integrating several regional methodologies into... Read More
  • Sixth CRIDA Seminar Highlights Enhancing Urban Water Resilience in Case Studies from South America

    Monday, May 10, 2021
    The sixth UNESCO (G-WADI)-AGWA-ICIWaRM webinar in a series on Adaptation in an age of uncertainty: tools for climate-resilient water management approaches took place on 27 April 2021. It focused on urban water resilience cases from South America, specifically concerning the coastal delta city of Guayaquil, Ecuador, and the Guadalquivir and Azero basins of Bolivia. Both addressed the impacts of climate change and hydrological extremes and their consequences to urban water management. Hydro-climatic extremes such as heavy rainfall and floods are responsible for catastrophic impacts worldwide. De... Read More
  • Real-Time PERSIANN Rainfall Dataset Updated with Improved Accuracy

    Thursday, April 15, 2021
    The near-real-time precipitation dataset developed by the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing (CHRS) of the University of California, Irvine, has been updated and improved, as documented in a recent article in the Journal of Meteorology. Developed and maintained with support from UNESCO G-WADI and others, the original Precipitation Estimation from Remotely Sensed Information Using Artificial Neural Networks– Cloud Classification System (PERSIANN-CCS) dataset provides hourly, quasi-global, infrared-based precipitation estimates at 0.04° × 0.04° spatial resolution with a short latency... Read More
  • Fifth CRIDA Seminar Focuses on Climate Risk Assessment for Hydropower

    Saturday, March 20, 2021
    The fifth UNESCO (IHP G-WADI)-AGWA-ICIWaRM webinar in a series on Adaptation in an age of uncertainty: tools for climate-resilient water management approaches took place on Wednesday, 10 March 2021. It focused on the climate-water-energy nexus, drawing upon experiences and lessons learned in South Asia. Presenters shared two different approaches to climate risk assessments recently applied in Sri Lanka and Nepal. The first presentation highlighted experience implementing a comprehensive analysis of infrastructure vulnerability in transport, water, and energy sectors by integrating a “top-down”... Read More
  • CRIDA Highlighted in World Bank's Resilience Rating System for Water Sector Projects

    Friday, February 5, 2021
    To better monitor adaptation and resilience-related action, the World Bank’s Action Plan on Climate Change and Resilience has created a “Resilience Rating System” (RRS) for building and tracking resilience to climate change and disaster risks. The main objectives of the RRS are to: Better inform decision-makers, client countries, and other stakeholders by providing specific assessment and reporting criteria to track resilience,   Create incentives for more and better climate adaptation through enhanced transparency and standardized reporting of a project’s climate resilience   Identify best p... Read More

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