Global model of social vulnerability and resilience launch
Launch of GEM’s global social vulnerability and integrated risk modelling framework
At the forefront of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is the measurement and communication of risk from natural hazards and disasters such as those caused by earthquakes. To better understand and communicate earthquake risk, a multitude of initiatives have developed state-of-the-art modeling capabilities and software tools. Few, however, have incorporated the ability to assess earthquake impact potential beyond direct physical impacts and loss of life to account for the interconnections between hazard, the built environment, and the socio-economic characteristics of populations that create the potential for harm or loss.
During this Focus Day event, the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) will officially launch its methods, metrics, and tools for the global assessment of social vulnerability and integrated risk from earthquakes.
The launch will include the showcasing of GEM’s global integrated risk products coupled with the discussion of the methods used to develop a set of three internally and externally validated maps that will be used to demonstrate social vulnerability, economic vulnerability, and recovery potential from earthquakes worldwide. During the launch, GEM scientists will also showcase the development, workflow, and use of the OpenQuake Integrated Risk Modelling Toolkit (IRMT) which is a QGIS plugin that was developed to allow users to form an integrated workflow for the construction of risk metrics by combining physical risk assessments with the measured socio-economic characteristics of populations using an Open Source GIS-based platform. The third product exhibited will be the Resilience Performance Scorecard (RPS) which is a multilevel and multiscale self-evaluation tool for community-level resilience assessments that allow stakeholders to assess and benchmark earthquake risk and resilience parameters based on qualitatively derived information using innovative data collection technologies.
As part of the launch, GEM scientists and partners will use two-way communication with participants in order to better understand stakeholder needs in the social vulnerability, resilience, risk, and integrated risk space in order to tailor products to stakeholder needs and to improve the modelling capabilities demonstrated by considering stakeholder participation.
Organizer: Global Earthquake Model – GEM