The role of scientific evidence during the 2015 Nepal earthquake relief efforts


The findings highlight that disaster managers faced challenges in using scientific evidence due to time constraints, a gap in understanding between scientists and disaster managers, and an overwhelming flow of technical information. Recommendations include fostering long-term relationships between scientists and disaster managers, appointing a UN science officer, funding science coordination, and improving data management for quick damage and needs assessment. In the immediate aftermath of a sudden-onset disaster, disaster managers need rapid and efficient information on the affected population, their locations, and required assistance. They also need to understand the evolving hazard and security context. This report examines the use of scientific information during the 2015 Gorkha earthquakes in Nepal, based on interviews with various stakeholders.



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