UNEP/DEWA's definition of Early Warning primarily focuses on identifying slow onset but continuous hazards, such as deforestation, over-use of natural resources and/or impacts from climate changes... (see Early Warning at UNEP/DEWA for the full definitions).
The definition of "early warning" is often understood as advance warning of natural/technological hazards occurrence's. Althoufh UNEP does not provide such services, substancial work has been achieved on natural hazards see (3) below.
To address early warning issues, UNEP/DEWA/GRID-Europe and its network of
partners elaborated three different sets of products/projects, namely:
- Human Environmental Impacts
- Forest and Wildfires
- Risk identification from Natural Hazards.
1a. Environment Alert Bulletins:
provide a review of best scientific information on environmental impacts
from human activities.
1b. A set of studies on Global Environmental Changes using statistical analysis, GIS and Remote Sensing.
1c. The UNEP Atlas One Planet Many People, atlas of our changing environment, project led by our partner GRID-Sioux-Falls which GRID-Europe collaborated on, displaying global changes as seen from space.
Status on Wild Fires:
geographical bookmarks providing access to updated information on on-going
fires and Danger maps world-wide.
3a123. The Project for Risk Evaluation, Vulnerabiltiy, Information and Early Warning (PREVIEW), provides a unique collection of data sets on hazard frequency, human exposure to hazards.PREVIEW-IMS allows to visualise the risk, frequencies, exposure and past events from several natural hazards types; the PREVIEW Data provides access to the data. PREVIEW-NET gives access to external organisation providing data, early warning from Natural Hazards.
3b. Other activities on Natural Hazards