4th Regional Training Course on End-to-End Multi-Hazards Early Warning Systems

Date:  8 - 12 Jun 2015

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

There are scholarships available for government officails from eligible countries in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam). For more details, please visit




The course builds the capacity of professionals in designing, managing, evaluating and undertaking improvements in people-centred end-to-end early warning systems for hydro-meteorological and geological hazards and extreme events associated with climate change and variability.

The course builds upon ADPC's experience in disaster management, facilitating regional cooperation and building capacities of disaster management institutions and practitioners as well as communities. It draws from ADPC's experience in utilizing weather and climate information applications for disaster mitigation and the recent establishment of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System.


The course enhances the capacity of the participants in designing multi-hazard endto- end early warning systems, and mitigating the impact of hydro-meteorological and geological hazards. Upon completion of the course the participants will be able to:

Undertake risk assessments and design multi-hazard end-to-end early warning systems (EWS) for disaster risk reduction (DRR)

Integrate scientific and technical inputs into early warning dissemination

Develop strategies to institutionalize early warning systems as part of DRR, development planning, emergency response, and preparedness activities

Develop risk communication strategies and technologies

Interpret and translate scientific information into userfriendly formats

Design and establish peoplecentered community-based EWSs

Introduce public education programs on communitybased on EWSs

Apply emerging climate prediction technologies in managing disaster risks


The course includes theoretical and practical sessions. An interdisciplinary team of experienced practitioners and experts provide a balanced set of methodologies to the sessions with theory, practical exercises, interactive and participative lectures, group discussions, presentation, classroom exercises, work sheets, case studies and sectoral examples, individual and group assignments and presentations, application of tools, a site visit and instructional games. Certificate of completion will be awarded to participants upon successful completion of the training program.


The course is divided into five modules following the flow of end-to-end multihazard early warning systems.

Module 1: Introduction to end-to-end early-warning systems
Overview of basic terminology and concepts in disaster risk management (DRM)
Overview of hazards and possibility of early warning systems (EWS)
Tools for end-to-end EWS
Institutional mechanisms and framework for EWS

Module 2: Hazard detection, monitoring, forecasting & information for warning
Introduction to weather and climate dynamics
Detection, monitoring, forecasting and information for a warning: drought
Detection, monitoring, forecasting and information for a warning: tropical cyclones and associated storm surges
Detection, monitoring, forecasting and information for a warning: flood and flash flood
Detection, monitoring, forecasting and information for a warning: volcano eruptions, earthquakes and tsunami
Case study on a landslide early warning system

Module 3: Application of risk assessment and risk communication for early warning
Use of multi-hazard risk assessment and risk maps for early warning
Risk communication

Module 4: Standard operation procedures (SOPs) for early warning systems
Tabletop exercise & SOP development

Module 5: Monitoring and evaluation of EWS
Monitoring the performance of EWS through quantifiable indicators and tools
Course evaluation

Note: The above course curriculum is shown for general reference only. ADPC's ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.


Package A with accommodation: USD 2,000
Package B without accommodation: USD 1,575

The standard course fee of USD 2,000 covers course tuition, training materials, single accommodation with breakfast (6 nights), refreshments during two breaks and lunch daily (Monday–Friday) during the training, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch on weekends, all dinners, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who wish to seek their own accommodation can choose an alternative course package B.

It is strongly recommended for participants to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The room rate is approximately USD 70–90 per single occupancy room per night including daily buffet breakfast.

Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at

For offline application, the completely filled in application form should be submitted to ADPC through email, fax or postal mail. The application form can be requested by email from ADPC's administrative team at Pre-course information will be sent to participants once they have been accepted to the course.

If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer or International Demand Draft (IDD) no later than 15 May 2015. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal cheques are not accepted as a form of payment.

If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided the participation criteria described above have been met. Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15 percent of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.