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Joachim Post

Dr Joachim Post is a seconded expert at the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and its Programme United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) at the Bonn office, Germany.
At UN-SPIDER he works in the field of earth observation and disaster risk reduction and climate change and in the areas of technical advisory support to developing countries, capacity development and knowledge management (
He holds a diploma in environmental sciences from University of Trier (Germany, 2002) and a PhD in natural sciences (Geo-ecology) from University of Potsdam (Germany, 2006) obtained while working for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
He studied also at Utrecht University (Netherlands) and University of Aberdeen (UK). From 2006 to 2014 he was a research scientist at the Earth Observation Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and was responsible for risk assessment research and early warning systems. There he worked on developing and implementing tsunami risk assessment and knowledge for early warning in Indonesia (GITEWS project), as a principal investigator in several projects dealing with applied risk analysis research, e.g. CLIMB ( in Europe, Flood Risk map study Singapore, SASSCAL ( and WASCAL ( projects in Africa on climate change and sustainable land management, Multi-Risk Information System in Chile project and at the DLR Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information ZKI ( as rapid mapping coordinator. Internationally he strongly cooperates with Tohoku University (Japan) and the National University of Singapore.
Post is an expert in environmental and natural hazards risk and vulnerability assessments, early warning, climate impact research, earth observation and simulation modelling. His main interest is in generating and transferring knowledge for disaster risk reduction.