Workshop Report/Summary

How can we use our ability to observe the Earth's natural systems to create a disaster-resilient society and what challenges and limits remain in earth observation efforts? This question was explored by a variety of speakers and participants at the 9th Disasters Roundtable workshop - Hazards Watch: Reducing Disaster Losses through Improved Earth Observations on October 22, 2003. Participants at the workshop discussed opportunities for reducing disaster losses by making the most of the technologies available through Earth observing systems, which produce highly-valuable information for policy makers and emergency managers.