Ambee Launches Natural Disasters API: Real-time and Historical Data for Effective Disaster Management

May 17, 2024
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Ambee Launches Natural Disasters API: Real-time and Historical Data for Effective Disaster ManagementAmbee Launches Natural Disasters API: Real-time and Historical Data for Effective Disaster Management
Natural disasters wreak havoc on society at large, which is why it is essential to use our best intelligence not only for damage control but to mitigate large-scale risks altogether. Access to natural disaster data is crucial not only for disaster mitigation but also for future planning. Governments can use disaster data in order to plan better disaster management protocols. Companies can use disaster data to recognize and avoid disaster-prone areas when they are making significant investments like large buildings, data centers, warehouses or logistic hubs

📢We have an announcement!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the latest addition to our list of cutting-edge APIs–.

Ambee’s Natural Disasters API.

Introducing Natural Disasters API by Ambee

Natural disasters have a profound impact on communities and ecosystems worldwide. Timely access to accurate information about these events can save lives, minimize damage, and facilitate effective disaster management. To help mitigate the damages, Ambee’s natural disasters API provides real-time and historical data on various natural disasters like earthquakes, cyclones, floods, volcanoes, droughts, and forest fires. These datasets are built with only one goal in mind–

to empower developers, researchers, and businesses to make informed decisions and take proactive measures to mitigate the impact of these events on individuals, properties, businesses, and ecosystems.

Ambee's Natural Disasters API offers comprehensive and up-to-date data on a wide range of natural disasters. Leveraging advanced algorithms and cutting-edge technology, this API collects and analyzes data from multiple reliable sources to provide the most accurate result.

Here’s a rundown of how the Natural Disasters API can empower disaster management:

Key Features of Ambee’s Natural Disasters Data:

Multiple inputs including polygons: Ambee’s new Natural Disasters API supports both latitude-longitude and polygon forms of input queries. This means that you can assess the impact of the disaster by using coordinates and by outlining a shape in the geography.

Event type: Currently, the Natural Disasters API can provide you with real-time and historical data on the following types of natural disasters: earthquakes (including tsunamis), floods, droughts, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, and wildfires.

Real-Time Updates: Ambee’s APIs provide real-time data on ongoing natural disasters. This allows stakeholders to gain a better understanding of the severity, location, and trajectory of events, allowing for quick and effective responses.

Historical Data: With Ambee’s latest Natural Disasters API, start accessing historical information on past natural disasters from the dashboard and via custom requests. This data can be instrumental in building early warning systems and other disaster prediction tools. Additionally, this data is also suitable for conducting in-depth research, analyzing trends, and developing predictive models for future events.

Event-Specific Data: Obtain detailed information tailored to specific natural disasters, including wind speeds, rainfall, seismic activity, and fire intensity. This data can aid in assessing the potential impact, preparing evacuation plans, and evaluating infrastructure vulnerabilities.

Severity and Alerts: Using Natural Disasters API, get validated metrics associated with the specific event (e.g. magnitude for earthquakes and windspeed for cyclones). In addition to that, you’ll be able to analyze the current and overall risk in the form of a score and a color alert to back your disaster management plans.

Integration and Customization: Seamlessly integrate the Natural Disasters API into your existing applications, platforms, or systems. Customize the API to suit your specific needs, such as filtering data based on geographic location or disaster type.

Developer-Friendliness: The API is designed with developers in mind, offering easy-to-use documentation, code samples, and SDKs in popular programming languages. This ensures a smooth integration process and reduces development time.

Have a look below for a full list of supported parameters in the Natural Disasters API.

Have a look at the documentation here for more detailed explanations and guides.

With these capabilities (and more to come soon), we aim to aid disaster management and climate action around the world with science-backed and industry-validated solutions. This is why, when we set out to build this API, we did so to solve a myriad of problems and serve diverse purposes.

Here are some of the applications of Ambee’s Natural Disasters API

Ambee's Natural Disasters API has a wide range of applications across various sectors, including:

Insurance and risk assessment: Since 1980, only 40% of losses resulting from disasters were covered by insurance. In developing countries, insurance coverage rates were frequently below 10% and occasionally even reached zero. This makes it even more imperative for insurance providers to evaluate risk profiles, underwrite policies, and assess claims based on detailed data about natural disasters in specific regions.

Emergency management: Natural disaster data provides valuable insights that enable faster response times, accurate situational awareness, and effective resource allocation during disaster events. By analyzing historical data on past disasters, emergency management agencies can identify patterns and trends, helping them anticipate potential risks and plan proactive measures.

This information allows them to strategically position emergency response teams, supplies, and equipment in vulnerable areas, leading to quicker and more efficient disaster response. Real-time data, such as weather forecasts and monitoring systems, can provide timely alerts and updates, further enhancing emergency preparedness and response efforts.

Research and education: Comprehensive natural disaster data serves as a valuable resource for scientific research, educational initiatives, and public awareness campaigns. Researchers can analyze the data to gain a deeper understanding of the causes, impacts, and patterns of natural disasters.

This knowledge can contribute to the development of better predictive models, early warning systems, and mitigation strategies. By studying past events, researchers can also identify factors that contribute to the vulnerability or resilience of communities, helping policymakers make informed decisions to reduce future risks.

Supply chain management: Supply chains run a constant risk of complete disruption in the wake of natural disasters–on both supply and demand ends. This can halt global business operations and result in losses that are tough to recover from. Ambee’s Natural Disasters API can help managers assess and plan their operations according to the underlying natural risks.

Natural disasters are beyond human control in many ways. But we can save and prevent a lot of damage by being prepared and taking action at the right time. We have seen time and again how early warning systems and environmental data have helped communities and businesses, as a whole, escape destruction at an unprecedented scale.

Talking about the impact this API will bring for businesses and administrators around the world, our senior data scientist, Pareekshit Katti said:


Ambee’s Natural Disasters API is now available for use around the world. Try it for free here. If you have any queries on how our tech works or are looking for an enterprise-level partnership, please contact our experts or leave a comment below.

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