MHEWC-III: Hands-on event: Innovation: the next generation of forecasting and warning systems

Session objectives


Hazards forecasting and warnings are a crucial element of understanding and managing systemic, cascading and compounding risk. Significant advances in the technology of observation and data management have created enormous opportunities in terms of complex modelling for hazard forecasting and risk assessment. However, these types of data and research advancement are often not incorporated in the operational services domain. In addition, operational ocean monitoring and forecasting systems (e.g. AI or Ml based forecasts) and tools (e.g. 3D printers to use weather station) with specific applications (e.g. heat waves, oil spills etc) are limited to few centres and countries. This is seen as the big scientific, innovation and capacity challenge to address. Furthermore, within the operational domain, many of the forecast and risk information services that are in use are not being translated for community application to covert risk information into risk management at local level reduce. As climate change increasingly poses a threat to resilience and other sustainable development goals, a change in mindset in early warning system and disaster risk reduction is required to link emerging technology with operational implementation and society. Addressing complex mechanisms and sources that trigger hazards (e.g 15 January Tonga volcanic eruption and tsunami) also underlines the challenge and opportunities of the next generation of forecasting and warning systems.   This calls for people centred, collaborative co-design and co-production combined with harnessing advances in science, technology and engineering solutions. It could accelerate proactive scenario based pre and post disaster risk assessments based on multi-hazard forecasting and warning information, which when developed through engaging multiple stakeholders will ensure that early warning and risk information is useful, usable and used. 



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The First Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-I): Saving Lives, Reducing Losses was organized by IN-MHEWS and took place on the 22nd and 23rd of May 2017 in Cancún, Mexico, as a pre-event to the Fifth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2017 (GP2017). The Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-II) took place on the 13th and 14th of May 2019 as a pre-event to the Sixth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) at the Headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. 

Building on the progress and achievements of the first two conferences, the Third Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-III) is planned to take place 21-22 May 2022 at Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Bali, Indonesia. MHEWC-III provides a unique opportunity to review key accomplishments, share skills, experience, and expertise within an active MHEWS network. Attendees will exchange and explore how the community can scale efforts in MHEWS implementation to better deliver on the aspirations of MHEWS the Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement, and Sustainable Development Goals.  Moreover, practical training opportunities to support and enhance understanding and utilization of key advances in science will be organized. Training is envisioned to include modules on artificial intelligence, new data sources/information, communication standards / technologies, monitoring and evaluation to track the effectiveness of MHEWS.

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24 May 2022
12:30 - 14:00 (Bali UTC+8)


Bougainville & Orchid
BICC Ground Floor

Online access

Remote participation available to those registered for the conference


Open to those registered for the conference




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On behalf of the co-chairs of IN-MHEWS (UNOOSA/ UN-SPIDER and WMO),

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