Past projects


BRIGAID: BRIdging the GAp for Innovations in Disaster resilience

Funding H2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation
Duration May, 2016 to September, 2020

The objective of the BRIGAID project is to provide structural support for innovations in climate adaptation by developing a combination of testing and implementation methods, as well as market and investment/financing tools, that are expected to become a standard for climate adaptation innovations.

CRED works on identifying, selecting and improving technological and non-technological innovations designed to protect or mitigate the impact of extreme weather events. 

CRED is also involved in the development of a comprehensive, standardised methodology (the Test and Implementation Framework, or TIF) for testing and implementing climate adaptation measures, in particular to assess their potential to mitigate risks from floods, droughts, and extreme weather.

For more information, contact Joris van Loenhout.


Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT)

Duration January, 1999 to September, 2020

The Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT) is a free and fully searchable database that contains worldwide data on the occurrence and impact of over 20,000 natural and technological disasters from 1900 to the present dayEM-DAT provides an objective basis for vulnerability assessments and rational decision-making in disaster situations. More specifically, it helps policymakers identify the most common disaster types in a given country and the associated impacts on human populations.  

For more information, contact Regina Below or



Funding BELSPO: Research Programme For Earth Observation Stereo III
Duration September, 2019 to August, 2020

Due to recent technological advancements, Earth Observation satellite systems have increasingly been used for planning and coordination in humanitarian operations. They can support decision making and situational awareness in remote, inaccessible, or dangerous environments, thereby providing invaluable insight for the humanitarian sector.

The STENTOR project aims to study how satellite data are currently used in disaster and conflict settings. Its specificity is the combination of a traditional systematic review of the scientific literature supported by a review of actual uses of satellite data by humanitarian organizations.

For more information, contact Rémi Froment.


Earth Systems Data Cube (ESDC)

Funding European Space Agency (ESA)
Duration May, 2018 to September, 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) is developing a wide range of data products relevant to detecting changes in terrestrial ecosystems. Today the scientific community is confronted with an unprecedented variety of long-term monitoring data. Different relevant programmes are the Climate Change Initiative (CCI) and the Data User Element (DUE). The Sentinel missions will provide additional essential data streams to monitor the relevant processes.

CRED will be a scientific partner and integrate EM-DAT data into the Cube.


DEPP Innovation Lab

Funding UK Aid
Duration May, 2017 to April, 2019

The Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Innovation Labs is jointly managed by Start and CDAC Networks. It is a two-year programme, funded by UK Aid, which has set up a network of labs to identify and support the development of innovative solutions to disaster preparedness.

The CRED is a consortium partner of the "Safer Communities Innovation Lab" in Bangladesh.  It seeks to examine and improve the direct impact of the built environment on emergencies. The aim to find and support ideas that build safer communities and ensures ideas are led by the local community. It is based out of Korail, Bangladesh’s largest slum. The lab is hosted by Dhaka Community Hospital Trust, a Bangladeshi community hospital and medical college and a consortium of partners.

Other consortium partners include:  SEEDS Technical Services; University of New South Wales; and the Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network, a civil society network of 56 national NGOs from across the Asian region.


SNOWBALL - Lower the impact of aggravating factors in crisis situations thanks to adaptative foresight and decision-support tools

Funding European Union – 7th Framework program
Duration January, 2014 to January, 2017

The overall objective of the Snowball project is to increase preparedness, and enhance mitigation capacities related to amplifying hazards in large disasters. Snowball carries out analyses on cascading effects and develops methods to anticipate them. The consortium includes 11 expert partners from 8 European countries.

Within Snowball, CRED plays a major role in the identification and analysis of past crises with cascading effects, realized on the basis of its Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT). 

At a later stage, CRED will be deeply involved in the testing of the simulation tool in the context of real crises involving cascading effects.

For more information, contact Alizee Vanderveken


CE-DAT: The Human Impact of Complex Emergencies

Funding Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migrations (US Department of States), UK-Aid from the UK Government, and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
Duration January, 2003 to January, 2015

CRED's aim in developing CE-DAT was to create a global searchable database on complex humanitarian emergencies. This database serves as an essential source of nutritional, health and mortality data for rational decision-making in conflict situations. Through evidence-based trends analysis and epidemiological briefs, CE-DAT seeks to improve international policy on disaster response and prevention. 

For more information, contact Tefera Delbiso.


MICRODIS: Integrated Health Social and Economic Impacts of Extreme Events: Evidence, Methods and Tools

Funding European Commission – 6th Framework program
Duration January, 2007 to January, 2011

The overarching goal of the MICRODIS project was to strengthen prevention, mitigation and preparedness strategies in order to reduce the health, social and economic impacts of extreme events on affected communities.

MICRODIS' outputs included an evidence-base on impacts, field methodologies and tools for data compilation, impact models, and integrated vulnerability assessments. The project also strengthened standardised data collection on extreme events and their impacts at the local, regional and global level.

For more information, contact José Rodriguez.


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