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Integrated framework for early warning system in UAE

Alhmoudi, A and Aziz, ZUH 2016, 'Integrated framework for early warning system in UAE' , International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, 7 (4) .

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Purpose - The impacts and costs of natural disasters on pe ople, properties and environment is often severe when they occur on a large scale and w ith no warning system in place. The lack of deployment of early warning system, low risk and hazard knowledge and impact of natural hazard experienced in some communities in the UAE h ave emphasised the need for more effective early warning systems. This work focuses on developing an integrated framework for early warning systems for communities prone to the impact of natural hazards, in order to reduce their vulnerability and improve emergency ma nagement arrangements in the UAE. Approach - The essential elements of effective Early Warning System (EWS) were identified through literature review to develop an integrated framework for EWS. Semi- structured interviews and questionnaires were also used to identify and confirm hindering factors to deployment of effective early warning systems in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah Emirates, while areas that require further development were also identified through this means. Findings and value The outcome of this research revealed that the warning for natural hazards in the UAE lacked the required elements for effective early warning system, while the elements which are present are insufficient to mitigate the impacts of natural hazards. The information in this work emphasises the need to improve two elements, and to develop the other two essential elements of early warning system in the UAE

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Built Environment Sustainability and Transformation (BEST)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 1759-5908
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: ZUH Aziz
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 09:07

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