eC2: Strengths and limitations of satellite-derived soil moisture for drought risk financing

Deadline:  25-Mar-2020 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) afr-moving-away-from-humanitarian-appeals-to-managing-droughts-in-ethiopia-feature-780x439

The main objective of this project is to support World Bank Crisis & Disaster Risk Finance activities in the area of anticipatory and/or parametric climate risk financing with tailored data- and research-driven approaches applied to promising satellite-derived datasets that have so far not been considered for operational purposes. In the context of the Next Generation Drought Index project, the World Banks Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance program is developing a technical toolbox to guide users at both micro and macro level through the entire process of data selection, index design, calibration, validation and related methods to strengthen sensitivity analysis and historical skill analysis. There is scientific evidence about the added-value of satellite-derived soil moisture products to close critical gaps between rainfall anomalies and the response of the land surface. However, a quantitative and qualitative analysis in 2-3 specific areas of interest is required to identify and explain the individual strengths and limitations of different products that may differ in sensor technology (radar/radiometer/combined), method (remote sensing vs. data assimilation), output variable (surface or root-zone soil moisture, soil moisture-based rainfall estimations), timeliness (annual updates vs. NRT products), revisit period (depending on area of interest) and spatial resolution (<1 km to >25 km). Since anticipatory financing mechanisms that decouple insurance payouts from loss assessments are a priority, the work on soil moisture products should highlight the potential predictive skill of various datasets, whereas the integration of both publicly available and, if available, commercial products in the analysis is encouraged.

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eC2: Next generation drought index conceptual study

Deadline: 09-Jan-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) water

Assignment Description

The proposed study consists in taking stock of current existing datasets and technologies, identifying their potential and limitations and enhancing or developing new, robust index or set of indicators specifically for crop insurance (or financial) applications. Latest satellite technology will in particular be explored.

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eC2: Preparation of Drought Risk Mitigation Investment Plan for Sindh Province

Deadline: 18-Dec-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) bf-hauling-water-on-bike-cifor-flickr

The main objective of this study is to prepare a drought mitigation investment plan informed by a comprehensive assessment of climate induced drought risks for Sindh province. Identification of drought prone areas at regional and local scales as well as adaptive and mitigation interventions will be recommended based on scientific drought assessment. Along with other methods, this study will explore the remote sensing potential in terms of data and methods in order to quantify drought and assess drought features. Satellite data driven quantitative and spatio-temporal approach will be investigated for the development of the study resulting in data that could be used for generating climate change scenarios through the Global Climate Change Model.

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World Desertification Day: Concerted Effort in Global Resilience to Turn Back Drought and Desertification

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  • Climate and disaster risks, including drought and desertification, threaten economic growth and development gains globally.
  • In response, the World Bank, governments, international agencies, and communities are working to develop operational and technical assistance in the most vulnerable regions.
  • With consistent, systematic, and collective effort, global achievements have and can be preserved and enhanced, however, critical intervention is required.

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