Paper about using forecasts to trigger the finances for humanitarian intervention

Recently a group of authors from the Red Cross, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam published an interesting paper about the use of forecasts to trigger the finances for humanitarian intervention: http://www.climatecentre.org/site/news/530/forecast-based-financing-could-catalyze-humanitarian-action-says-new-research

The discussion paper can be downloaded here (free of charge): http://www.nat-hazards-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/2/3193/2014/nhessd-2-3193-2014.pdf

It seems as if we are on the right track.

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Satellite soil moisture validation & application workshop

Markus Enenkel is currently attending the Satellite soil moisture validation & application workshop in Amsterdam.

His talk concentrates on soil moisture applications for drought and food security monitoring, respectively on ways to close the gap between research and applications for humanitarian aid.

This is the link to his presentation.