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Analysis and Management of Changing Risks for Natural Hazards

Save the dates and place: 18-19 November 2014, Padua, Italy. This international conference is organized with the support of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), and funded by Copernicus and the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme. It is the culmination of the EC’s co-funded projects CHANGES and IncREO, and will allow for a forum for exchange of ideas related to effective risk management strategies.

Hydro-meteorological hazards such as landslides and snow avalanches, debris flows, flash floods and river flooding have severe impact on society and economy, especially in mountain areas. The observed increase in disastrous events over the last decade, associated with an often low perception of most natural risks by the communities involved, along with the lack of efficient, socially accepted and environmentally sound remedial measures are amongst the drivers behind the increasing effects of hydro-meteorological risks. It is also evident that the effects of land use changes have to be taken into account not only within the risk analysis, but also in the planning strategies. Considering such challenges, it is important to continue to develop an advanced understanding of how environmental, climate and socio-economic changes will affect the temporal and spatial patterns of hydro-meteorological hazards and associated risks, how these changes can be assessed, modelled, and incorporated into sustainable risk management strategies (focusing on spatial planning, emergency preparedness, risk communication and early warning systems).

The conference provides an opportunity to discuss multi-hazard risks and multi-disciplinary research results on the effects of changing of hydro-meteorological risks and their effects on planning strategies. The conference focus is put both on technical sessions presenting the state of the art research in the understanding of the natural processes and in the development of innovative methodologies for quantitative hazard and risk forecasts, and on the practical integration of natural, engineering, economical and human sciences within multi-scale methodologies for risk management and prevention planning.

The conference represents the culmination of the EC’s co-funded projects CHANGES (Changing Hydro-meteorological risks as Analyzed by a New Generation of European Scientists), and IncREO (Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation) and it will provide a forum for exchange of ideas related to effective risk management strategies. Case studies as well as conceptual approaches are most welcome. 

Conference sessions will include: Forecasting future changes in hydro-meteorological triggers; Methods for generating assets maps using Remote Sensing techniques; Modelling changes in societal parameters to characterize exposure and vulnerability of societies; Methods for modelling changes in natural risks, and estimate risk scenarios; Methods to adapt risk management strategies to future changes, including risk perception and insurance; Risk communication and risk governance aspects of changing risk; Earth Observation data, geo-information and visualization tools for risk assessment; Lessons learned and transferability of multi-hazard risk assessment methods to developing countries; and, Ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk management.

Supporters of the organization of the conference are: European Geophysical Union; European Centre on Geomorphological Hazards; European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement, council of Europe; United Nations Environmental Programme; Disasters, Environment, risk Reduction (Eco-DRR);  UNESCO Venice Office; International Association for Natural Hazard Risk Management; International Association of Geomorphologists.

Download: Final Conference flyer