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Asia:Launch of new dashboard with risk data on complex emergencies

06 Jun 2018

The University of Texas at Austin's Center's Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia (CEPSA) has released a new dashboard on complex emergencies, which will enable policymakers and researchers to visualise CEPSA datasets on climate vulnerability, conflict, national disaster preparation, and international climate and disaster aid, along with related external datasets on other security concerns like food access and forced migration.

CEPSA developed the online mapping platform in partnership with Development Gateway, a data and international development solutions provider.

“The Complex Emergencies Dashboard offers a new way for policymakers to analyse large volumes of data to explore how varied insecurities converge in Asia and where and how governance dynamics could tip these insecurities into complex emergencies,” said Ms Ashley Moran, Director of the Strauss Center’s State Fragility Initiative and lead on the CEPSA team developing the dashboard.

The dashboard brings together raw data and modelling, mapping, and qualitative analysis to provide a data-driven framework for analysing the convergence of security vulnerabilities and responses in South and Southeast Asia.

“South and Southeast Asia are understudied regions in the field of climate and security. Yet with some of the highest populations in the world exposed to climate hazards, this region is critically important to understand better. The patterns of conflict and protest are distinct from other regions, as are the governance challenges in cooperating on common threats like climate change and shared resources such as transboundary water sources. We hope this dashboard offers an important contribution for regional experts, conflict scholars, and those interested in the intersection of climate and security,” said Dr. Joshua Busby, Principal Investigator for the CEPSA programme.

The dashboard allows users to select and layer any combination of data—including their own through ArcGIS Online—to explore how multiple risks and responses intersect. For example, mapping conflict data over climate vulnerability data can assess how local conflict patterns could exacerbate climate-induced insecurity in an area. Or, mapping climate aid projects over climate vulnerability data can assess if adaptation aid is targeting areas facing the greatest climate risks.

The dashboard also allows users to create two maps for a side-by-side comparison of different phenomena, time periods, or datasets. A country story feature provides contextual information on climate security challenges and responses in each country, explaining data shown on the map, charting trends, and summarising CEPSA’s qualitative research on each country. This allows users to assess the spatial, temporal, and contextual dimensions of each issue, and move easily between regional, national, and subnational analysis.

By integrating the various lines of CEPSA research, as well as other related datasets, the Complex Emergencies Dashboard aims to provide the most comprehensive view yet of climate and security risks in Asia.

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law integrates expertise from across the University of Texas at Austin, as well as from the private and public sectors, in pursuit of practical solutions to emerging international challenges. It sponsors a wide array of research programs and educational initiatives.

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