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International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs

Research Project: Validating the use of Satellite Information to

Monitor, Forecast and Inform Expected Draught

Kenya Red Cross Society (KRSC) is one of the largest humanitarian organisations in Kenya. KRCS frequently responds to disasters such as floods, drought and disease outbreaks in most counties. These disasters result in impacts that affect governments and communities social economically. For example, droughts lead to reduced crop yield, reduced pasture and water scarcity as well as disease outbreaks this leads to loss of human lives and livestock.

As KRCS moves to anticipatory risk management, it is currently developing a drought early action protocol (EAP) that will guide timely and effective implementation of drought early actions in areas that are forecasted to experience adverse impacts hence reducing the impact on vulnerable communities.

The Open University

The DISCnet placement that the International Centre for Humanitarian Affairs were able to offer focused on the collation, geo-coding and analysis of historical biophysical indicators data such as vegetation condition index (VCI) from credible secondary data sources such as the drought early warning system. Also, a comparison of data from secondary sources versus the from earth observation satellites. This is aimed at validating the use of satellite information to monitor, forecast and inform expected drought risk.

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