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Atmospheric Hazard in Developing Countries

Atmospheric Hazard in Developing Countries: Risk Assessment and Early Warning (ACREW) is building resilience to hazards in developing countries.

The programme focuses on two risks: air pollution and adverse weather. Both of these disproportionately impact poor people.

Air pollution is a critical problem in many developing economies. It reduces life expectancy by up to a decade, and Gross Domestic Product by up to 5% per year.

Developing countries are also vulnerable to changes in weather, as there is a dependance on rain-fed agriculture.

Recent technological developments offer huge opportunities to improve the resilience of developing countries to these issues.

New air quality sensors promise a step change in our ability to measure pollution at low cost, while reduced computing costs have enabled developing countries to run their own air quality simulations.

Climate models and observations have also improved rapidly over the last decade. These tools have the potential to provide early-warning systems for extreme weather events and save lives.

ACREW will pilot new technology in partnership with on-the-ground organisations, and secure long-term partnerships to advance the application of new science.