Name Demographic Explorer for Climate Adaptation (DECA)
Source UNFPA
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Description The DECA is an online tool using population data, environmental data, and other social-economic survey data for climate change policy formulation and adaptation planning. Understanding the spatial dynamics of population composition and characteristics is crucial for enhance climate change resilience at local, national and regional level. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have been widely used to identify accurate hazard exposure zones, but population data, particularly census data are not sufficiently used in identifying the vulnerable individuals and communities and the factors that exaggerate vulnerability to climate change. UNFPA initiated an approach of using population data, environmental data, and other social-economic survey data for climate change policy formulation and adaptation planning. Our current work focuses on scaling up this approach and making it accessible to climate practitioners and policy makers around the work, via the interactive social web platform POPClimate and the development of new technology to use the analytics revolution for automating spatial analysis. UNFPA is working with the private sector company Wolfram Alpha, which specializes in computational knowledge engines, in the development of DECA — Demographic Explorer for Climate Adaptation — an online tool built into POPClimate. This tool integrates a wide range of data using common geography, and then provides users – including those without data expertise – with the ability to use maps to generate automated spatial analysis.
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Lead Institution UNFPA
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Partners Governments, NGOs at Global and National Level, Academia and the Private Sector
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Type Platform
Potential for reuse High
Open source Partly
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Plug & Play Partly
Outputs compatible with indicators from Official Statistics Partly
Status Implemented
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  • Climate Change
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  • Visual Analytics
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    Case Study Description Santiaguito volcano is located in the Department of Quetzaltenango, in the western highlands of Guatemala at 2550 mts altitude over sea level. A very useful tool to alert about these type of natural disasters is the use of cartography with thematic layers containing information provided by the networks and nodes of emergency in the context of disaster risk reduction organizations. The Executive Secretary of the CONRED (National Commision for Natural Disasters Reduction) and the INSIVUMEH closely monitored n
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    Internal Comment Interesting example of added value using data linking and spatial analysis, currently only in two countries so potential to be implemented wider?
    Good practices displayed Yes
    Created On 2014-04-12
    Updated On 2014-04-12
    Status Published