Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES)

imageThe Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is an international and intergovernmental institution, owned and managed by its Member States, for the generation and application of early warning information. RIMES evolved from the efforts of countries in Africa and Asia, in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, to establish a regional early warning system within a multi-hazard framework for the generation and communication of early warning information, and capacity building for preparedness and response to trans-boundary hazards. RIMES was established on 30 April 2009, and was registered with the United Nations on 1 July 2009. RIMES operates from its regional early warning center located at the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand.


Aim & Mission

Aim: RIMES provides regional early warning services and builds capacity of its Member States in the end-to-end early warning of tsunami and hydro-meteorological hazards.

Mission: Building capacity and providing actionable warning information towards forearmed, forewarned and resilient communities.

13 Member States: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Comoros, India, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.

18 Collaborating Countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Tanzania, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.

RIMES was registered with the United Nations under Article 102 on 1 July 2009, and has been supported since inception by UNESCAP and DANIDA.


Provides maximum benefit at minimum cost

RIMES addresses both high-impact, low-frequency hazards, such as tsunamis, as well as low-impact, but high-frequency hazards, such as extreme weather events, for the optimum use of its technological facilities, while giving Member States a wider range of decision-support information.

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Member States financially support RIMES operations, at a cost much lower than that required for establishing individual early warning systems for high-impact, low-frequency hazards.

Meets early warning information needs of different users

RIMES integrates risk information at different time scales to meet early warning information needs of diverse users.

Engages multi-level stakeholders

RIMES provides an interface between global centers of excellence and national and local level institutions to bring the best of science and practices for enhanced performance of early warning systems

Acts as a test-bed for emerging technologies and research products

RIMES acts as a test-bed for identifying promising new and emerging technologies and research products, and pilot testing and making these operational through demonstration of tangible benefits.

RIMES Member States and Collaborating Countries

Key services

Earthquake & Tsunami Watch Provision

RIMES provides the following services to National Tsunami Warning Centers of Member States:

Seismic, sea level and deep ocean monitoring

Data exchange, processing and analysis, and archiving

provision of earthquake alerts and regional tsunami bulletins

Weather, Climate and Hydrological Research and Development

RIMES provides the following services to National Meteorological and Hydrological Services:

Generation of localized and customized:

severe weather and short-term weather information for contingency planning

medium-term weather information for logistics planning

seasonal climate outlook for longer-term resource planning and management

Analysis of risks to climate variability and change, and identification of risk management and adaptation options

Development of decision support tools

Development of new generation risk information products

Capacity Building in End-to-End Early Warning

RIMES provides the following services to national and local level institutions within each Member States’ early warning frameworks:

Assistance in establishing and maintaining observation and monitoring stations of regional benefit

Training of scientists: in-country training and through secondment arrangements at the RIMES Regional Facility

Development of decision-support tools and their application. These include risk assessment, interpretation and translation of early warning information products into impact outlooks and response options.

Application of tailored risk information at different time scales in decision-making

Early warning system audits

Strengthening national early warning provider and user interface

First Rimes Ministerial RIMES Conference Inaugurated

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The First Ministerial Conference on the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) for Africa and Asia was inaugurated in june 2012. The meeting is being attended by Ministers/Ambassadors/ Representatives of RIMES Member States.

The important regional technical cooperation platform called RIMES focusing on building state of the art monitoring, detection, early warning of other multi-hazards.

The areas of collaboration between RIMES and the Government of India on-going through national institutions like NCMRWF, Noida and INCOIS, Hyderabad. He reiterated the continued support of Government of India in the institutional development of RIMES, and in providing resources for RIMES to meet the needs and demands of Member States.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India to expand the targeted efforts, under RIMES umbrella, towards research, education, communication, and the application of proven knowledge science and technology. Strategic investments, of human and capital in such matters, as they relate to hazards, offer the promise of producing significant reductions in the loss of life and property from natural, technological and human-induced disasters.

RIMES on up-grading the multi-hazard early warning systems of tsunami and hydro-meteorological hazards so as to enhance the technical capacity of all RIMES country partners to be fully prepared for emergency response to trans-border hazards and make the concerned communities disaster resilient.

Expertise of India in building agro-meteorological advisory services to minimize the impact of adverse weather conditions on food production.

Fishing zone advisory system for the benefit of the coastal fishermen about fish abundance locations along with local weather conditions and sea state.

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The totally indigenous and environmental friendly Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) technology for conversion of sea water into potable safe drinking water.

Various satellite based multi-sensor payload based products over the data sparse regions of Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal for enhancing the quality of meteorological and oceanic services rendered to various sectors of the economy.

Providing satellite derived products for real time monitoring of adverse weather conditions.

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