IMD launches First weather hazard and vulnerability atlas / First climate vulnerability atlas

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IMD launches First weather hazard and vulnerability atlas / First climate vulnerability atlas

India has got its first climate vulnerability atlas, based on 14 extreme weather events and the risks they pose to the local population, livelihoods and economy of each district.

This atlas provides a range of vulnerabilities with different categories of risk. It ranks the risk for each Indian district in terms of its vulnerability to zero, low, medium, high and highest.

Significance

  • Impact based warnings may be issued for different areas. The atlas will help in understanding the region-specific effects of some extreme weather events.
  • Disaster management will help the areas to identify vulnerable districts. This will enable them to implement preventive and adaptive measures.
  • Provides assistance in disaster preparedness in the event of an increase in extreme weather events due to the climate crisis.
  • It is helpful in planning for disaster resilient infrastructure. Changes in risk-prone areas in the recent past have also been included.
  • This will prove helpful in monitoring and forecasting. It will also improve public health facilities i.e. emergency response capacity, better early warning system etc.

Hazards:

It is defined as a physical event that poses a threat to people, buildings or economic assets. Also, which can lead to disaster.

Vulnerability:

It is the extent to which a community, building, service or geographic area is likely to be damaged or disrupted by the impact of a particular hazard.

Climate Research and Services:

The headquarter of CRS is located in Pune. It provides weather forecast, AWS data, grid data, radiation data, agricultural weather data and meteorological data.

Source – The Hindu

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