International Conference: Big Data for Disaster Response and Management in Asia and the Pacific

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) in partnership with the APRU Multi-Hazards Program will organize the conference in Sendai, Japan on February 15–17, 2024.

As the frequency and intensity of disasters increase in Asia and the Pacific, the use of big data is becoming crucial for timely, evidence-based decision making in disaster management. Rapid assessments of the impact of disasters on social and economic conditions support effective disaster response and management. Studies are exploring non-traditional datasets such as remote sensing, mobile location data, and social media data, in combination with traditional datasets from surveys and census to assess the impact on different segments of the economy. Some examples are in Asian Development Bank’s Technical Assistance: Nowcasting and Disasters: Impact-Based Forecasting and Socioeconomic Monitoring.

Dates: February 15–17, 2024
Location: Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

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Call For Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts welcomes research and practical applications on the theme “Big Data for Disaster Response and Management in Asia and the Pacific”. Contributions from both academic and practitioner communities are encouraged. The motivation is to gather case studies and applications of different big data and new methodologies in disaster assessments, with a focus on economic and social impacts, in Asia and the Pacific. Please refer to the submission guidelines for further information.

Register to submit your abstract here before September 20 October 10, 2023.

Submissions will be judged based on criteria such as: 

  • Technical Novelty 
  • Innovative Use of Big Data 
  • Scalability and Sustainability 
  • Potential Policy use 
  • Readability/Coherence  

Authors of selected abstracts should submit presentation materials and a draft paper (if available) to share with discussants before January 15, 2024.

Conference & Publications

ADB will support travel and accommodation for one author per paper, who must be a citizen of an ADB member economy.

Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication in special issues of Economics of Disasters and Climate Change andProgress in Disaster Science in 2024, and will undergo the standard review process. 


For inquiries, please contact: 
Madhavi Pundit ([email protected]
Priscille Villanueva ([email protected]