EM-DAT: The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) International Disaster Database
Entry ID: CRED

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Summary
Abstract: Since 1988 the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on the
Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) has been maintaining an Emergency
Events Database - EM-DAT. EM-DAT was created with the initial support
of the WHO and the Belgian Government. EM-DAT is supported by the
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of
U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

The main objective of the database is to serve the purposes of
humanitarian action at national and international levels. It is an
initiative aimed to rationalise decision making for disaster
preparedness, as well as providing an objective base for vulnerability
assessment and priority setting. For example, it allows on to decide
whether floods in a given country are more significant in terms of its
human impact than earthquakes or whether a country is more vulnerable
than another for computing resources is.

EMDAT contains essential core data on the occurrence and effects of
over 12,000 mass disasters in the world from 1900 to present. The
database is compiled from various sources, including UN agencies,
non-governmental organisations, insurance companies, research
institutes and press agencies. The database includes disaster
information for countries and regions classified by disaster type
including natural, technological and conflict disasters. Types of
information include estimated damage, number of person killed or
injured, persons displaced or affected, location, geospatial
coordinates and scale.

Related URL
Link: GET DATA
Description: CRED Home Page and access to the EM-DAT database


Link: VIEW PROJECT HOME PAGE
Description: OFDA Home Page


Geographic Coverage
 N: 90.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: OFDA/CRED
Dataset Title: EM-DAT: International Disaster Database
Dataset Series Name: International Disaster Database
Dataset Release Place: Brussels, Belgium
Dataset Publisher: Universite Catholique de Louvain
Online Resource: http://www.cred.be/emdat


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1900-01-01


Location Keywords
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >CYCLONES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >DROUGHT    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >HURRICANES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >MONSOONS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >STORMS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >TORNADOES    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENA >TYPHOONS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >BIOCHEMICAL RELEASE    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS >CHEMICAL SPILLS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >PUBLIC HEALTH >DISEASES/EPIDEMICS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >BIOLOGICAL HAZARDS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >WILDFIRES    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >EARTHQUAKES    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >FLOODS    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SNOW/ICE >FREEZE/THAW    [Definition]
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE >SURFACE WATER >FLOODS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >LANDSLIDES    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >EARTHQUAKES >EARTHQUAKE OCCURRENCES    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >VOLCANIC ACTIVITY >ERUPTION DYNAMICS >ASH/DUST COMPOSITION    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >PUBLIC HEALTH >DISEASES/EPIDEMICS >EPIDEMIOLOGY    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >SEVERE STORMS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >TORNADOES    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >TROPICAL CYCLONES >CYCLONES    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >TROPICAL CYCLONES >HURRICANES    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >NATURAL HAZARDS >TROPICAL CYCLONES >TYPHOONS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >SOCIAL BEHAVIOR >VULNERABILITY LEVELS/INDEX    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
ENVIRONMENT


Keywords
CHEMICAL SPILLS
COLD WAVE
CONFLICT DISASTERS
CONFLICT HAZARDS
DISASTERS
EPIDEMIC
EXTREME TEMPERATURE
HAZARDS
HEAT WAVE
INSECT INFESTATION
NATURAL DISASTERS
NATURAL HAZARDS
RADIATION
TECHNOLOGICAL DISASTERS
TECHNOLOGICAL HAZARDS
WILDFIRES
WINDSTORM


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Originating Center
CRED


Data Center
Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.cred.be

Data Center Personnel
Name: D. GUHA-SAPIR
Phone: +32 (0) 2 764.33.27
Fax: +32 (0) 2 764.34.41
Email: cred at epid.ucl.ac.be
Contact Address:
Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters
School of Public Health
Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL)
30.94 Clos Chapelle-aux-Champs
City: Brussels
Postal Code: 1200
Country: Belgium



Distribution
Distribution_Media: WWW
Distribution_Format: ASCII
Fees: none



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-08-24
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-11-02

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