Welcome to the EM-DAT Documentation

Learn to use EM-DAT

This comprehensive documentation will help users by explaining the basics of the EM-DAT international disaster database.

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Overview of EM-DAT and Latest Updates

Data Accessibility

How to Access the Data and Legal Conditions for Using EM-DAT

Data Structure and Content Description

In-depth Presentation of the Structure and Content of the Database


Data Collection Processes

Known Issues and Limitations

What Difficulties May Be Encountered While Interpreting EM-DAT Data?

Additional Resources and Tutorials

External Resources and FAQ

About the EM-DAT Project

Additional Information about Our Partners and Us

Legal Texts

Terms of Use and License