Connecting global change science with communities: About the conformation of a social network for early warnings in Colombia

Monday, 15 December 2014
Paola Andrea Arias1, Lina María Vidal2, Angélica María Serna2, Catherine Vieira2, Jenny Machado2 and Carlos Alberto Cadavid2, (1)Universidad de Antioquia, Escuela Ambiental, Grupo de Ingeniería y Gestión Ambiental (GIGA), Medellín, Colombia, (2)Universidad de Antioquia, Escuela Ambiental, Medellín, Colombia
The risk associated with natural and social phenomena has notably increased in modern societies. On the other hand, socio-natural hazards have increased and diversified, in association with economic development. During 2010 and 2011, Colombia faced one of the most severe wet seasons in decades. One of the most significant impacts of this flood emergency was the demonstration of poor preparedness of communities, local authorities, and regional and national authorities to confront situations of large coverage. The emergencies occurred during 2010 and 2011, induced in association with a strong La Niña event, immediately demanded environmental and risk management authorities to provide communities with basic tools to understand the dynamics associated with excesses of rainfall and mitigate the possible impacts in their populations. For this reason, the Regional Autonomous Corporation of Central Antioquia, Colombia (CORANTIOQUIA) funded a project aimed to the design and conformation of a social network for early warnings of events associated to floods, torrential floods, and mass movements in 80 municipalities of the department of Antioquia, Colombia. For the execution of this project, the Corporation invited the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Antioquia. This talk aims to socialize this inititative that looked for integrating scientific and technical knowledge with popular knowledge in order to provide Latin American communities with tools to mitigate the possible impacts of global change.