Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience
Community Science Position Paper on Extreme Geohazards has been finalized: The GHCP prepared a community science position paper on extreme geohazards and disaster risk reduction. This project received partial funding from the European Science Foundation (ESF). Read more ...
Global Geohazards Information System for Disaster Risk Reduction
Concept for GGIS-DRRR to be developed: The GHCP agreed to develop the concept for a “Global Geohazards Information System for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience” (GGIS-DRRR). GGIS-DRRR will be a scalable, globally available cyber infrastructure providing information from global to local levels to a wide range of users from the public and decision makers to scientists, allowing experts to share data, information, and best practices, and facilitating information collection through crowd sourcing. The combination of a Living Knowledge Base (LKB) with a Virtual Stakeholder Table (VST) will support deliberations as well as participatory governance. The GGIS-DRRR is developed together with the Coastal Zone Community of Practice (CZCP), which is developing a similar system “Enabling Informed Participation in Goverance” (EIPIG). Read more ...
GEO Supersites and Natural Laboratories: The GHCP is supporting the GEO Supersite Initiative, which aims to develop a small set of key sites where significant population is at risk from major geohazards. At these sites, free exchange of all relevant data facilitated by GEO is supporting research to better characterize the risks, understand the link between hazards and disasters, and improve readiness in all four phases of the risk management cycle. Particularly the sites denoted as natural laboratories should also allow for end-to-end (E2E) projects that demonstrate how disaster risk reduction and increasing resilience can be supported by GEOSS (assuming that GEOSS integrates environmental and socio-economic data with models to meet the information needs of decision makers, including risk managers).
Supersites and natural laboratories focus on areas with major threats from geohazards such as volcanos, landslides, earthquakes and tsunamis. Also included are coastal areas where subsidence is contributing to local sea level rise and threatening large populations. Read more ...
GHCP Workshops and Conferences
The GHCP is organizing a number of meetings, workshops and conferences. Detailed information on workshops and conferences can be found at the Workshop Page. An overview of meetings relevant to the GHCP is available here. A more general overview of meetings can be found at the GEOSS Science and Technology Service Suite.
The IGOS Geohazards Theme organized a sequence of International Geohazards Workshops (see http://igosg.brgm.fr/workshops_meetings.asp for details). The last of these workshops in November 2007 in Frascati agreed on the Frascati Declaration. This declaration proposed a so-called "supersite initiative", which would focus on a few areas as natural laboratories for geohazards studies, for which free access to all relevant data should be granted.
An initial prototype web page for the supersites has been established at http://supersites.unavco.org/main.php.