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Anticipating Climate Hazards 2017

30days until Semi-Finalist selection ends
Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

09/22/16 12:00 EDT - 02/10/17 06:00 EST
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

02/10/17 06:00 EST - 03/29/17 12:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

03/29/17 12:00 EDT - 04/18/17 06:00 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

04/18/17 06:00 EDT - 06/01/17 12:00 EDT
Voting Period
Public Voting Period

06/01/17 12:00 EDT - 07/02/17 11:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

07/13/17 12:00 EDT
How can vulnerable communities best prepare for climate-related hazards, and what new tools can be used to incentivize early action?

In collaboration with the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), this contest invites solutions on how the world should prepare and respond to climate extremes and climate hazards. A2R is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative, launched in November 2015 to accelerate action on the ground to enhance climate resilience for the most vulnerable countries and people by 2020. 

Building resilience and capacity to understand and effectively respond to climate extremes and climate-induced disasters is necessary to adapt to climate change. A first step is to increase the ability to adequately anticipate and respond to climate hazards and extremes. There are many actors working on building climate resilience, including national governments, UN agencies and other international organizations, local authorities, researchers, the private sector, and civil society, among others. Many of these actions must be scaled-up, reinforcing synergies and reducing overlaps, while ensuring that together, these different actions are having the positive impacts needed. 

We are calling for a wide range of innovative and practical solutions – on the local, national and international levels – that can help strengthen early action in vulnerable communities around the world.


95 Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)ModifiedContributors

connected objects and smartphone app for the climate hazard early warningsignalert team

2/12/17 Team only
connected objects (raingauge, thermometer, etc) and smartphone app for early detection of critical thresholds and excess.

Resiliency in Face of Anticipated Droughts Is Provided by Desalination HopscotchTeam_ISI

2/10/17 Team only
Desalination Hopscotch transports clean water to an aquifer near you. Aquifers provide resiliency against scarcity in times of drought.

Document Identification and Protection in Anticipating and Absorbing Flood RisksCraigKelley and 1 other

2/10/17 Team only
Individual and community resiliency improves with post-disaster access to crucial documents, which this program will identify and safeguard.

AAAA: Assess, Absorb, Adapt, AmeliorateSaeed

2/10/17 Team only
This proposal suggests strategies/solutions to assess, absorb, adapt, and ameliorate the effects of climate change on Pakistan agriculture.

Education-based Migration to Limit the Impact of Climate Change on Island StatesThe Da Yu Project

2/10/17 Team only
Education-based migration improves resilience of low-lying island states by preemptively decreasing population and creating remittances.

Boat Tank [Multipurpose Disaster Response/Rescue Tool]Aown

2/10/17 Team only
A mobile water tank that can be used to store and transport drinking water as well as function as a boat in case of flooding and save lives!

A Malthusian Approach to Resource Conservation and Environmental Protectionbambino3693

2/10/17 Team only
What if society could calculate optimal population sizes in order to limit resource depletion and environmental degredation?

Troubled Waters: a crowdsourcing game created to improve water resources.Portia2

2/10/17 Team only
Troubled Waters is a crowdsourcing game aimed at developing methods for alleviating wide-ranging severe water stress now and in the future.

Building sustainable structures while promoting capacity buildingJaved Sultan

2/10/17 Team only
Anticipating and mitigating effects of climate change in the building industry while promoting self reliance and capacity building.

Cover up, it is particulately dirty outside!Smart Fresh Inhale

2/10/17 Team only
Particulate matter deteriorates air quality in many ways. We have a smart solution to fight it.

Liaising with the main state-owned development banks in Brazilamattos

2/10/17 Team only
Instead of leveraging hundreds of water utilities, liaise with the main state-owned development banks.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin.jackowalden1

2/10/17 Team only
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin.

Integrated Flood Risk Management System for Mega Cities Vulnerable to FloodingClimate.IQ

2/10/17 Team only
The integrated web-based flood risk management system for Dhaka that projects risk and damage under climate change, and help with planning.

Planetary Emissions Early Warning & Financial Management (Insurance) SystemGaia Monitor

2/10/17 Team only
early warning system anticipates climate hazards, absorbs shocks in most-vulnerable communities & reshapes mitigation/adaptation landscape

Community Livelihood Alternatives (CLA) for Coastal Communities in NigeriaFuture Green

2/10/17 Team only
Alternative livelihoods and income opportunities can reduce coastal communities' dependence on mangrove ecosystem thereby mitigate floods

MOVE - Model for Vulnerability Evaluation for urban planning of smart citiesWayCarbon

2/10/17 Team only
A cloud platform for supporting urban planning with few data, leading to data driven decision-making for climate change impacts' adaptation.

Adapt now with CLIVE (CoastaL Impacts Visualization Environment)C2C team

2/10/17 Team only
CLIVE allows decision-makers to visualize in 3D the impacts of sea-level rise and storm surge water levels at local community scales

Swami Vivekananda Fruit-Trees Expansion Mission for environment, peace, healthwaghhm

2/10/17 Team only
Collect fruit seeds with students help, grow fruit trees everywhere, distribute fruits free, request to save seeds & use next year

Save & Sow: The Seeds of Growth !waghhm

2/10/17 Team only
Save & Store the Seeds of Forest Plants: Spread/Sow at Proper Time and Place !

Cassava-nol for Clean CookingGreen Africa

2/10/17 Team only
We propose cassava-nol to tackle the massive deforestation, and build community resilience to increasing droughts, floods and degradation.


2/10/17 Team only
Monitoring phytoplankton, protecting bioluminescence & awareness of toxic algae bloom in a network of coastal communities

PREVAC Integral System of preventive actionHERSE Consultores

2/10/17 Team only
Technology to anticipate climatic disasters alerting authorities and settlers to implement action protocols reducing damages.

Urban Cooling System Through River Rescue. An alternative to prevent OverheatingUCS Alejandro Montan

2/10/17 Team only
U.C.S. is a new urban alternative for rescue and manage rivers and enhance his potentials to help and prevent Climate Change Effects

Introducing VR equipped mock simulations to incentivize people for early actionAsia-Africa-SAmerica

2/10/17 Team only
VR based disaster simulation in mock workshops and mobile alert messaging of steps for early action escorts safely from climate hazards.

Improving Disaster Preparedness of Deaf People, PhilippinesEffataDeafOrg

2/10/17 Team only
Helping the Deaf community prepare for disasters begins with signing the signs of disaster.

Millets and sorghum potential to improve lives of the vulnerable communitiesfranmillet

2/10/17 Team only
One of the most serious implications of climate change is the intensity and frequency of extreme events on the agricultural production.

Risk reduction WWT technology after Climate-related Eventsca.laucevicius

2/10/17 Team only
Diseases after climate-related events are associated to safe water and sanitation availability. WWT technology is an outstanding solution.

Saving for Community Resilience in KenyaCommunity Savings

2/10/17 Team only
Can community savings build resilience against climate extremes and climate-induced disasters? This project aims to do just that in Kenya

The Coastal Hazard Wheel systemlarsrosendahl

2/10/17 Team only
The Coastal Hazard Wheel - a new language to boost coastal climate adaptation worldwide

Synthesis & characterization of herbal nanoparticles for wastewater handling.Dr Naheed Akhter

2/10/17 Team only
Develop a novel approach for green synthesis of nanoparticles using herbal extracts for treatment & remediation of waste & drinking water.

Toxicity ameliorative potential of different species of microalgae on wastewaterDr. Shagufta Kamal

2/10/17 Team only
Biodegradation of wastewater to be safely use for irrigation of plants & its influence on their performance & characterization of telomerase

Solar Mobility ActJPods

2/10/17 Team only
Laws favor oil/coal fired transport/utilities. Solar Mobility Act restores free markets, allowing cleaner, faster, safer, cheaper networks.

The rain in Namibia. A complete spatio-temporal analysis.NamRain

2/10/17 Team only
Adquire a deep knowledge of spatio-temporal rainfalls distribution in Namibia to optimize water resources and set droughts emergency plans.


2/10/17 Team only
Water Footprint, Carbon Footprint, Climate Change, Ethanol,Sustainibility, Sugarcane, Environment, GHGs, CO2

The VNMS and Lifetowers: Solutions for last mile early warning disseminationAnimesh

2/10/17 Team only
The Volunteer Network Management System (VNMS) and Lifetowers: Low cost solutions for effective last mile early warning dissemination


2/10/17 Team only
Using the wide spread tech called "sms" to be used as an emergency info beacon/comm tool.

RESPRO Project (Restoring Nature, Protecting People)email.climatechangecenter

2/9/17 Team only
RESPRO Project (Restoring Nature, Protecting People) - Coral reefs restoration as nature-based adaptation to climate change

Open source Climate Design solutionsrichbalauro

2/9/17 Team only
Stories provoke curiosity and discussion. When Climate design solutions is open, a more resilient communities.

Pact basic incomerichbalauro

2/9/17 Team only
On time of disasters cause by climate hazards no one can save you but yourselves.

Internet Equality for Climate Changemarojas51

2/9/17 Team only
Rural internet access regarding citizen’s science in the service of climate change adaptation and mitigation.


2/9/17 Team only
The green power mission of INDIA envisages Low Carbon Technologies (LCT) and Carbon Capture and Sequerastration (CCS)

Synthesis & characterization of herbal nanoparticles for wastewater handling.Dr Naheed Akhter

2/9/17 Team only
Develop a novel approach for green synthesis of nanoparticles using herbal extracts for treatment & remediation of waste & drinking water.

Reduce Urban Exposure means Reduce Natural Risks: new city management solutionsEVenco and 2 others

2/9/17 Team only
Advanced urban strategies to reduce urban exposure with functional replacement, improving citizens’ involvement and private owners’ actions

Bioremediation of Industrial Waste & its impact on different varieties of TomatoDr. Shumaila Kiran

2/9/17 Team only
Industrial effluents being polluted in nature need proper management before disposing off, as it may save our economical crops & hence life

Integrated coastal zone management for building resilience in MexicoEvelia

2/8/17 Team only
High risk & vulnerability for coastal communities and economic activities facing climate change require an ICZM approach to build resilience

Human Nature, With Help, Will Solve The Problemwokwill

2/8/17 Team only
Social engineering will create the economic stimulus to modify behavior and affect workable solutions.

Future Vision: educational data collection for community resilienceUrban Fabrick

2/7/17 Team only
Future Vision is furniture for transit hubs that increases community resilience by sharing information & enhancing civic connections.

Control alt Delete the problem before it even starts!Control alt Delete

2/7/17 Team only
Anticipate a climate hazard (heat wave) and stop it before it can even get started with an invisible, REMOVABLE, unbound screen in space!

Project and methodology for the plan for anticipating climate hazardsmugiwara

2/7/17 Team only
There is a fault of strategic analysis and coordination for this and similar projects, specially gobal warming still don't have a plan.

Incentivized disaster preparedness & gamificationSAADITHYA

2/7/17 Team only
Incentivized disaster preparedness & gamification of awareness by bringing government & insurance companies together via an online platform.

Climate Information Mobile AppOrlale

2/7/17 Team only
C.I.M.A is a prototype mobile app with an interactive interface providing timely and relevant climate information.

Early Warning Systems and Flood Disaster Management using Mobile CrowdsourcingDisaster Nepal

2/7/17 Team only
Proposal intends to develop mobile platform that will allow users to report information about unfolding flood disaster using mobile devices.

eMentorship for Local Social EntrepreneursHope4Change1

2/7/17 Team only
Providing electronic Mentorship support to social entrepreneurs on how they can start and grow environmentally friendly business initiatives

sharing information and training people on clean energy in form of briquettesCHANELIVESNOWAFRICA

2/7/17 Team only
Using the briquettes environmentlly friendly technology to substitute charcaol that leads to defforestation hence reducing global warming

A compelling and instruction drama series on how to respond to extreme weatherjames

2/6/17 Team only
A compelling locally made drama featuring a protagonist who competantly deals with extreme weather events

Mini Elevated GREEN TRAINS - preparing for flooded subways in coastal citiesterrautopia and 1 other

2/6/17 Team only
MINI ELEVATED GREEN-POWERED TRAINS - reducing vulnerablity of public transit to flooding & a comprehensive solution to urban mobility.

Strategically Reducing the Overlapping Impacts of 65 Million Refugees!Johnnie Buttram

2/6/17 Team only
SNE cools, removes CO2 and ocean acidity, reduces coastal flooding, and creates safe zones without adding a Carbon Tax Burden on the poor!

Incentivizing Preparedness Investment: A Contesttrialballoon

2/6/17 Team only
A contest for most effective preparedness investment

Environment - Resource Use (ENVE-RU) IndexENVE-RU

2/6/17 Team only
Development of An Index to Measure the Trade-off between Environment (ENVE) and Resource Utilization (RU)

Institutionalizing Community Solutions in Mainstreaming Disaster Risk ReductionRei

2/3/17 Team only
There's no universal formula. The

Agromet Based Early Warning System for Cotton-Wheat in Punjab-PakistanDr Wajid Nasim Jatoi

2/3/17 Team only
Agromet Based Early Warning System for Cotton-Wheat in Punjab-Pakistan

Save Envronment #SDGs Stop polluting cities by cars,Use GPS electric capsulesureshkito

2/2/17 Team only

La educación en riesgo es menos costosa que los dañosmiguel2411

2/1/17 Team only
Escuela lúdica de formación para la resilencia dirigido de adolescentes para niños de 8 a 11 años que incluye aulas virtuales y parque


2/1/17 Team only
This proposal intends to preserve rivers through the collaborated efforts of engineers, politicians and local stakeholders.

Transforming minds with a defined vision of response to climate changeUMAG

1/31/17 Team only
Municipalities of Oruro with preventive vision, plan and elaborate their Action Plan with resilience to climate change and early warning

​​solutions for adaptation to precipitation patterns changes(droughts/floods)chahbani

1/30/17 Team only
solutions to anticipate and respond to climate extremes(floods/droughts)by saving irrigation water and water underground water storage

PRECIsE - Predicted Effects of Climate change on Society in Dryland AreasCarlosGFCosta

1/28/17 Team only
PRECIsE seeks to contribute to debates on the impacts of the use of Big Data on Climate Research addressing the SDGs.


1/28/17 Team only
A technology to convert waste smartphones into intelligent machines to collect,analyse and predict climate hazards & provide rapid response.


1/27/17 Team only
As a student in environmental management it falls upon me to provide solutions to the stinking problem of environmental degradation.

Who We Are As Innovators . .Johnnie-Buttram

1/25/17 Team only
An innovator has the skills to expand parameters and the resilience to cope and move forward when confronted with what others term failure.

Intensive Phytoremediation at River banks to diminish pollution on water bodiesraulc77

1/23/17 Team only

Assessment and Mitigation of Environmental Impacts of Brick Kilns in PakistanDr.Shah & Dr.Irfan

1/21/17 Team only
Impacts of Brick Kilns on Natural and Social Environment creating Climate change and its Mitigation measures in Pakistan

Problematic Marine Protected Area, Coastal Zone Afforestationmarcky

1/18/17 Team only
Dilemma changes in coastal zone due to climate change phenomenon drastically affect the marine resources and stakeholders of the community.

Stay-Green Plants against High TemperaturesMuhammad

1/18/17 Team only

Zoning of agricultural productive ability and determination of risk indexFUDESEM-ANDINO

1/17/17 Team only
Agricultural producers in the central high plateau of Bolivia sow according to the type of soil, preventing risk indexes

How to Reduce plastics from plastic dependent humanity.zamahornet

1/15/17 Team only
Almost 30 to 40 year ago in pakistan People use to carry their own bags to market made of cloth or organic material like date tree skin.

Linking Climate Information to Livelihood Strategies through ICTsAlmaz

1/11/17 Anyone
Empowering the rural women by linking climate information to livelihood strategies through Information Communication Technologies

A2R via Oceanic Resources Conservation/Adaptation (ORCA) Sea Farming CommunitiesORCA

1/6/17 Team only
A marine centric multidisplinary approach to anticipating climate change induced hazards, absorbing shocks, and reshaping development.

One Day One Tree: An Endless Mission to Protect The Future GenerationsShailesh1497

12/23/16 Team only
Tomorrow never comes..... Let us plant one tree today to seek blessings of mother earth for our future generations....

School discipline dedicated to environmental education and sustainable.Gamboa

11/6/16 Team only
Development of school discipline dedicated to environmental education based on the concept of sustainability.

Environmental Protection and Economic AugmentationBen7235

11/1/16 Team only
What if young students today could have a free social security pensions for free tomorrow by planting trees?

More photovoltaic panels - less sunlight on the ground - less Earthfind the formula

11/1/16 Team only

Look at everything as waves. Create waves locally to mitigate weather globallydeivisbluz

10/26/16 Team only
Every item in a building has come from direction and creates a whirlpool. When the extreme weather aproaches create oposite whirlpool.

Climate hazard due to contamination of water by heavy metals by any disaster.zariya

10/15/16 Team only
Asthe globalconcept is of low carbon and sustainablity in future solid state reactors may come into existance there may be a disaster

The Future with Little or no harm form the enviromentBetter climate

10/4/16 Team only
Taggling climate change now. implementation of strategies to bring about a better enviromental contions

Saving Now For Future Seasonsjoseph5chepsoi

9/22/16 Team only

Turning Waste into Proteingrahamk

9/22/16 Team only
Millions of people in developing countries lack protein. Organic waste can be turned into high grade animal feed with BS fly larvae.

End Global Warming & Climate Change Nowclifftrobot

9/22/16 Team only
Remove all CO2 added to the air since the Industrial Revolution, in 1-10 years using a forest of synthetic trees

Energy Conversion System for Ocean Wavesrohan9603

9/22/16 Team only
Harvesting Wave energy with very slimpler mechanism yet low cost design=Practical for real world.

Center for Citizens Climate ActionUnited For Progress

9/22/16 Team only
What is great for big business is not for everyone. We will work to educate, equip and mobilize the general public to act on Climate Change.

Atheists, LGBTQ &; Minority Support / Exxon Mobile Stocks Give-Away Site + APPGreen-Diversity

9/22/16 Team only
Questions: What will you do IF Tomorrow when nearly your entire City begins to flood, or gets destroyed by Storms?

Building resilience to storms, coastal erosion in Cu Lao Cham - Hoi An, Vietnamanthinhhus

9/22/16 Team only

AirBilly BAG.cctv24

9/22/16 Team only
It’s in the Bag! A Simple, Energy Saving Cooking Idea.

UN Oceanic Resources Conservation and Adaptation Platforms (O.R.C.A. Cities)ORCA

9/22/16 Team only
The marine space offers the least complex starting point for addressing A2R needs for effective-profitable-intergrated socioeco solutions.

UN/EU: Marine Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and ProfitsiWENN

9/22/16 Team only
Hyperloops for Humanity, the Environment, and Profits: A Mediterranean Marine Hyperloop/Refugee/Environmental Collaborative Proposal