UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering


Digital innovation for climate hazard early warning and related disease prevention in Africa

3 July 2020

UCL is part of the international project OVERCOME establishing a transnational research network for creating digital innovations to strengthen community resilience in coping with climate hazards and preventing the outbreaks of associated diseases.

Overcome logo - outline of African continent

OVERCOME (digital innOVation in climatE hazaRd early warning and related disease prevention for COMmunity capacity building and rEsilience) aims to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities by minimising the negative impact of climatic disasters and associated health risks, and improve country progress in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr Luiza Campos (CEGE), leading the research at UCL and working alongside with Dr Carla Washbourne (UCL Environmental Science and Policy at STEaPP), and Dr Julia Tomei (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources), will be working with local authorities and communities to identify and prioritise intervention options for developing short-term crisis management and long-term adaptation strategies for monitoring and predicting floods and droughts to issue on-time early warning in short/long-term.

The OVERCOME project, funded by UKRI Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) Digital Innovation for Development in Africa (DIDA), consists of world-leading scientists from University of Exeter, University College London, University of West London, Public Health England, and Aquobex Technologies in the UK, the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic in Malawi, the National Institute of Meteorology in Mozambique, the Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe, and University of Ghana in Ghana. 

Also, an international multidisciplinary panel including experts from Columbia University, Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services Malawi, ECMWF, Eurecat Technology Centre, FIWARE Foundation, Krüger A/S, Ministry of Agriculture Malawi, Ministry of Health Malawi, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute has be invited to share their knowledge and assist the OVERCOME team to co-design the research roadmap for the second stage.

A virtual meeting between the OVERCOME research team and the expert panel was held on 26 June 2020. Over 30 participants from 10 countries have participated in the discussion for identifying key challenges, research gaps and collaboration opportunities.