Jameel Observatory | CREWSnet

Global climate change is exacting a heavy toll on vulnerable populations worldwide. Community Jameel, in partnership with Bangladesh-based global development organisation, BRAC, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) launched the Jameel Observatory Climate Resilience Early Warning System Network (Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet) a platform that aims to empower climate-threatened communities worldwide, specifically within the agriculture sector, to proactively adapt to climate shocks.

Selected at one of the 2022 MIT Climate Grand Challenges flagship projects, the Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet combines state-of-the-art climate and socioeconomic forecasting techniques with technological solutions to support communities’ resilience and by launching collaborations across the public and private sectors, as well as civil society. These forecasts will guide BRAC’s development of climate-resiliency programmes to help residents prepare for and adapt to life-altering conditions.

The Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet will pilot in Bangladesh and Sudan, working with local partners BRAC in Bangladesh and the Agricultural Research Corporation-Sudan, the principal agricultural research arm of the Sudanese government. MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), will support the project in evaluating the effectiveness of the climate adaptation programmes.

Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet seeks to bridge the gap between the knowledge about climate change created at research institutions such as MIT and the local farming communities that are adapting to the impacts of climate change. By effectively informing and engaging local communities, the project seeks to enable farmers to sustainably increase their agricultural productivity and income.

Professor Elfatih Eltahir, co-director of the Jameel Observatory and the HM King Bhumibol Professor in the department of civil and environmental engineering at MIT, leads the project alongside John Aldridge from MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Systems Group, and Deborah Campbell, co-lead of the Lincoln Laboratory Climate Change Initiative.

The Jameel Observatory-CREWSnet was launched at COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh as part of the Jameel Observatory, an international collaboration launched in 2021 that focuses on convening researchers and practitioners who use data and technology to help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change and short-term climate shocks.

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