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Since 1988 the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) has been maintaining an Emergency Events Database EM-DAT. EM-DAT was created with the initial support of the WHO and the Belgian Government.

The main objective of the database is to serve the purposes of humanitarian action at national and international levels. It is an initiative aimed to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness, as well as providing an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting.

EM-DAT contains essential core data on the occurrence and effects of over 18,000 mass disasters in the world from 1900 to present. The database is compiled from various sources, including UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, insurance companies, research institutes and press agencies.[/no-glossary]

Access Database


From January 2010, CRED has established 129 MoU with specific institutions who wish to have an access to the raw EM-DAT data on a yearly basis:

Stanford University, International Policy Studies

University Maryland, Department of Economics

Purdue University, Economics Department

Centre Intern. Recherche Environn. et Développement

Univ. Colorado, Centre for Science and Tech. Policy Research

Rand Corporation

New York University, Economics Department

Harvard Medical School, Disaster Medicine Section

University Bristol, Erath Science Department

Kiel Institute for the World Economy

National Disaster Management Centre

University Southampton, Economics Department

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

University Manchester

Florida Atlantic University, Department Economics

London School Economics

MunichRe, Geo Risk Research

George Washington University, Department Finance

European Space Agency (Italy)

Higher School of Economics (Russia)

University of Houston, Department of Economics (USA)

Word Fish Center (Malaysia)

University of California, School of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (USA)

Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International (France)

University of Tokyo, River and Environmental Engineering Laboratory (Japan)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

London School of Economics (UK)

National Autonomous University of Mexico, Institute of geography (Mexico)

Tilburg University (Netherland)

Montana State University, Department of Agricultural Economics (USA)

Department of Economics (USA)

Universita degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

Laboratoire d’Economie de la Production et de l’Intégration Internationale (France)

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (Austria)

Political Science Department, University of Nevada (USA)

King’s College, Cambridge University (UK)

Department of Geography, University of Leicester (UK)

Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia (USA)

School of Business and Economics, NOVA Lisbon University(Portugal)

Franhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Germany)

Economics Department Dartmouth College (USA)

Environmental Science for Social Change (Philippines)

Department of Political Science; University of Michigan (USA)

Georgia Institute of Technology (USA)

Virginia Commonwealth University (USA)

Centre for Water Systems, School of Exeter, North Park Road (UK)

Philippine Institute for Development Studies (Philippines)

European Environment Agency (Denmark)

London School of Economics (UK)

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (China)

Center for Studies and Research for International Development (France)

Kingston University (UK)

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (Germany)

Universität Konstanz (Germany) and Brown University (USA)

Transportation and Logistics Program of the Dakota State University (USA)

Princeton University (USA)

Department of Sociology of the State Brook University (USA)

School of Economics and Management of Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (China)

Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Earth and Atmospheric Science (USA)

Institute of Environmental Engineering and Management of National Tapei University of Technology (Taiwan)

Department of Economics of University of Oxford (Oxford)

Italian Civil Protection Department (Italy)

Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (Japan)

Institute for International Integration Studies (Ireland)

School of Social Science of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong-Kong, China)

Université Paris Diderot (France)

Department of Economics of the University College of London (UK)

Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (Germany)

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance of Deakin University (Australia)

Center for Environmental Systems Research (Germany)

Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, USA)

Department of Agricultural Economics, Perdue University (West Lafayette, USA)

Ecole de Technologie Supérieure (Montreal, Canada)

Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)

Environmental Change Institute, South Park Road (Oxford, UK)

London School of Economics (London, UK)

Oxfam (Oxford, UK)

Comision Nacional de Actividades Espacailes (Cordoba, Argentina)

Technical University of Lasi “Gheorghe Asachi” (Lasi, Romania)

Department of Social Sciences (Chicago, USA)

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Victoria, Australia)

Disaster Management Unit, IFRC (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

University of Maryland (Maryland, USA)

Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University (South Orange, USA)

Department of Geography, Lund University (Lund, Sweden)

Department of Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University (University park, USA)

School of Planning, CEPT University (Jodhpur, India)

Department of Economics, University of Bern (Bern, Switzerland)

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Nancy (Nancy, France)

Department of Politics and International Relations, Florida International University (Miami, USA)

Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Karlsruhe, Germany)

International Displacement Monitoring Centre (Geneva, Switzerland)

Copenhagen Bussiness School (Denmark)

College on Engineering, University of Sharjah (UAE)

University College London (UK)

National Taiwan University (Taiwan)

School of Economics and Finance, Massey University (New Zealand)

Département de Sciences Politiques et Relations internationals, Université de Genève (Switzerland)

University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

University of Westminster (UK)

Earh Sciences Department, University College London (UK)

Duke University (USA)

School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California (USA)

Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina (USA)

Hertie School of Governance (Germany)

University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Universitad de San Andres (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Applied Social Science Institute of the Federal University Park (Belem, Brazil)

Department of Economic History and Institutions of University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain)

Friedrich Schiller University (Jena, Germany)

University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

University of Copenhagen, Public Health Science (Denmark)

University of Zürich, Department of Banking and Finance (Switzerland)

Universidad de Guadalajera, Ciencias de la Salud Ambiental (Mexico)

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Centro de Investigaciones en Geographica Ambiental (Mexico)

University of California Department of Political Science (USA)

Hertie School of Governance (Germany) an University of Oslo (Norway).

European Environment Agency, Copenhagen (Denmark);

University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA);

Department of Medicine of the National Medical Academy for Post-Graduate Education after P.L. Shupic (Ukraine);

Human Development Network Foundation of the University of Philippines, Quezon City (Philippines);

University of Southampton (UK);

Department of Economics of Sciences Po Paris (France);

Cambridge University Economics Faculty (UK) and Department of Architecture of the University of Cambridge (UK)

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