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DMS Statistics Seminar
Time: Dec 08, 2017 (11:00 AM)
Location: Parker Hall 246

Speaker: Dr. Christopher G. Burton, Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences

Title: Natural Hazards Risk: The Development of Open-source Tools to Measure the Physical and Human Components

Abstract: At the forefront of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is the understanding of disaster risk, including risk from climate-related hazards and earthquakes. To understand and communicate disaster risk, a multitude of initiatives have developed state-of-the-art modeling capabilities and software tools. Few, however, have incorporated the ability to assess natural hazard impact potential beyond direct physical impacts and loss of life to account for the interconnectedness between natural hazards, the built environment, and the socio-economic characteristics of populations that create the potential for harm or loss.

This seminar will discuss the development and validation of data, methods, models, open-source software, and best practices that were developed to facilitate the meaningful assessment of natural hazard risk from a multivariate perspective. Particular focus will be placed on the development of an open-source GIS that allows researchers and risk analysts to draw from results on probabilistic hazard, exposure, property loss, and the vulnerability (i.e., characteristics that create the potential for loss) and resilience of populations (i.e., the ability of systems to prepare for, respond to, and recover from damaging hazard events).

Last updated: 12/06/2017