“Not only is it vital to evaluate and benchmark the conditions that lead to adverse earthquake impacts and loss – says GEM Social Vulnerability and Integrated Risk Coordinator Christopher G. Burton- it is equally important to measure the capacity of populations to respond to damaging events and to provide a set of metrics for priority setting and decision-making”.
To allow for a holistic approach to seismic risk assessment and to integrate societal factors with risk estimation, GEM released the Integrated Risk Modelling Toolkit, a QGIS plugin compatible with the OpenQuake platform that is now accessible from here and from within the QGIS software itself.
By leveraging user-supplied data or the GEM-CEDIM Socio-Economic Databases, the tool facilitates the integration of composite indicators of socio-economic characteristics with measures of physical risk (i.e. estimations of human or economic loss) to form what is called an integrated risk assessment. Learn more from here.
A user manual can be accessed directly from within the tool.
Visit GEM to learn more: http://www.globalquakemodel.org/get-involved/news/openquake/irmt/
Organization: Global Earthquake Model