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Making conflict data accessible to peace builders

Traditionally, weather and conflict data have only been available from the top down, and shared among governments, NGOs and the military. We should aim to democratize the system, making conflict-relevant data available to grassroots organizations and members of the public.
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Nature and Context

There is a well-known link between adverse weather and conflict. A recent NASA study found that the drought that began in 1998 in the eastern Mediterranean Levant region was the worst in 900 years, and it includes conflict-affected countries Cyprus, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Turkey. Other researchers demonstrated that extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was closely linked to the emergence of the violent uprising that began in 2011. Information on the relationship between weather and conflict provides critical insight into economic, social and political conditions on the ground in conflict zones.

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