Partnering with IBM to Put Advanced Data and AI Tools in the Hands of Crisis Researchers
IBM and the ISR are partnering to increase access to specialized data and analytics during global crises.
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When Waters Rise: Cross-Border Science for Global Flood Response
What role can scientific experts play in international flood prediction and response?
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In Step with the UN on Science for Sustainable Development
How ISR can help in fast-moving crises to protect progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
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Scientists Hunt for Clues to Post-Wildfire Recovery in Argentina
In August, wildfires ripped through the Córdoba Province in central Argentina, leaving economic damage and a scorched forests and pasture land in its wake. Argentina is no stranger to wildfires, but climate change is making the fires more frequent, widespread and complex – and the impacts of drought and fires are stretching across borders. After…
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How to Address our Climate Communications Crisis with Dr. Sweta Chakraborty
From the COVID-19 pandemic to climate change, it’s no longer a question whether effective science communication is necessary to deal with crisis and avert further disaster. The way the scientific community communicates urgent messages can make or break how the public responds to a crisis. Ineffective communications result in inertia or skepticism – and have…
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Three Experts’ Takeaways on Gearing up for the Next Global Crisis
Since our launch in early 2022, the International Science Reserve (ISR) has rapidly expanded a network of scientists who are poised to respond to the next big crisis. The ISR aims to take action on crises that are complex, international, and where science and technology can effectively respond. The ISR works in two ways, one…
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Q&A: Why this Fire Researcher Values Collaboration Across Scientific Disciplines
At the heart of the International Science Reserve (ISR) is a commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists to respond to some of the world’s biggest crises. To do this, the ISR regularly brings together scientists for readiness exercises, like our first scenario on wildfires, and seeks advice from experts from different scientific disciplines. One ISR…
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Real-world scenarios prepare the ISR community for future wildfire crises
When disaster strikes, everyone wishes they were better prepared. One way to prepare is to practice in advance. This is the basic idea of scenario-based exercises in crisis preparation: take a hypothetical but realistic disaster situation. Run a simulation where different individuals, institutions, organizations, or other entities participate and work through what they would do…
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The Voices of the ISR
In March 2022, scientists from around the world participated in the ISR’s online simulation involving hypothetical wildfires in three countries. For this first Readiness Exercise, members of the ISR science community crafted research proposals responding to the three wildfire scenarios. The scientists who submitted proposals come from nine countries, including Brazil, Chile, Australia, the U.S.,…
The past as prologue – the ISR and traditional environmental stewardship
Crossing the streams has always been part of my academic career. As a historian and cultural anthropologist, my own research and writing has been rooted in the value of interdisciplinary thought. I have been fortunate to draw together insights from colleagues who largely work in separate if contiguous worlds. When bridging disciplines as separate as…
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The International Science Reserve – an ambitious future-proofing initiative for the public good
With its long history of championing science-based solutions to global challenges, the Academy is ideally situated to establish the International Science Reserve (ISR). The ISR will be a network of networks: of communities of experts across scientific disciplines, across sectors, and across borders. The Academy is building the ISR on the model of collaboration we…
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International Science Reserve: The Evolution of a Global Scientific Readiness Force
In June 2020, we were all in one of the first waves of the still-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which had crippled our world. And back then, neither I nor anyone else could anticipate just how much damage and dread this disease would bring – and for many, feelings of uncertainty and nervousness about the future just wouldn’t go away.
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Why Wildfires Were Chosen as the Pilot Crisis for the International Science Reserve
We’ve faced unimaginable difficulties in public health since 2020, but the pandemic isn’t the only crisis confronting communities across the globe.
Although wildfires have been ravaging countries around the world for the last decade, many have recently seen their worst blazes in generations.
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