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events | 13 Aug 2014

Excitement at UR

GEM clearly couldn’t miss the third Understanding Risk Forum and the opportunity to actively participate in this innovative biannual gathering where policy makers, developers, companies, nonprofit and research institutions, meet to exchange knowledge and ideas on understanding and managing disaster risk better.

This year’s highlights: Vitor Silva and Ole Hanekop jointly presenting "Global Earthquake Model and Hannover Re – concepts and practicalities of earthquake risk modelling", the GEM-hosted session on ‘looking beyond Physical Risk’, Anselm Smolka’s presentation as part of the panel on ‘Connecting the models’ and the joint CAR-GFZ-ImageCat-GEM workshop on ‘Innovative tools for changing riskscapes’.

In the space dedicated to GEM booth, we demoed the OpenQuake platform and specific tools to prospective users, GEM partners presented their work and we met up with old and new friends and organizations interested in partnering with GEM. It was time profitably spent with our stakeholders, where new ideas came to live, where we learnt about some of them already using GEM tools and where we discussed future collaborations.

See more in what was our live tweeting, and our Facebook messages



The core message we aimed at conveying during the UR forum was the importance of going beyond physical risk when carrying out risk assessments. “To manage disaster risk, we need to manage exposure physical and social vulnerability”: this has been extensively discussed during a GEM-hosted panel session, together with definitions and methodologies. Incorporating socioeconomic factors into the analysis of physical risk would in fact provide a more comprehensive picture of risk and would be a first step in understanding and encouraging measures that foster a culture of resilience.

Participants and stakeholders showed great interest in how both the public and private sector can benefit from investing in resilience and how they would benefit from using GEM models, tools and other resources. FM Global, Quezon City and NSET shared their stories and their examples were well acknowledged.

Learn more from the PDF below: 

Beyond Physical Risk (860.2 KB)

The forum offered a great opportunity to meet up with partners and present how the partnership is creating benefits for both parties. Find below the presentation that Ole Hanekop (Hannover Re) and Vitor Silva (GEM Foundation) gave together during the insurance expo.  


The workshop Monitoring Changing Riskscapes: Innovative tools for Efficient Risk Assessment organized in cooperation with ImageCat, GFZ e CAR, was focused on understanding how geospatial data can be used to create actionable information before and after a disaster. GEM collaborators demonstrated use cases of GEM tools, such as end-to-end risk model development, risk calculations for DRM and the integrated risk assessment toolkit. A role-playing DRR game engaged participants with real scenarios in Central Asia and Turkey and invited them to play the role of DRM practitioners in the pre and post-earthquakes phases. While looking for data and tools to support their decisions, they provided feedback on GEM/SENSUM tools’ format and functionality.

Learn more about the workshop’s conclusions from the PDF below: 

Monitoring Changing Riscapes (291.7 KB)

A GEM booth provided the occasion for in-depth and informal discussions with attendees on earthquake risk assessment, to demo the OpenQuake platform and where to feature presentations of partners and collaborators of the latest developments and on application of tools and methods worldwide. It was a great opportunity to exchange opinions on GEM tools and practices and get feedback on our work.


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