To address this problem, the Climate Hazards Group (CHG) works with US, African and Latin American partners to develop and deploy improved earth observations, forecasts, and capacity building decision support tools.
In 1985, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) was created by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide advance warning of potential famine events and to collect data to support humanitarian response programs. In 2003, in close collaboration with the US Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, the CHG was founded to support FEWS NET.
A unique component of the CHG team is its international composition. Almost half of the members of the CHG team live in Africa or Latin America. These scientists work closely with local stakeholders, decision-makers and science institutions to increase disaster preparedness and guide long term 'climate-smart' development. Building on the CHG's commitment to developing datasets and tools, and harnessing the tremendous potential of satellite-based earth observations, these capacity building efforts are strengthening defences along the frontlines of climate change. In partnership with the USGS, NASA and USAID's SERVIR, CHG works hard to put effective decision support tools in the hands of Africa and Latin America's rapidly expanding group of climate experts.
Since its formation, the group has published over 140 papers and reports, and provided access to in-depth climatic data sets to thousands of people each month. The CHG routinely contributes actionable information supporting the mobilisation of emergency relief that has helped tens of millions of people.