Starts: Nov 21, 2013 9:00:00 AM
Starts: Nov 19, 2013 1:15:00 PM
Themes in risk and disaster reduction
- public perception of risk
- how diverse societies deal with disaster
Understanding natural hazards: Geological and meteorological
- field and satellite observations
- laboratory simulations
- computational and statistical modelling
Understanding health risks and pandemics
- transmission characteristics of the infectious agents
- epidemiology of pandemics
- risks to radioactive waste and CO2 repositories
- complex engineered systems
Understanding climate change and natural hazards
- extreme weather
- climate forcing of geological hazards
Engineering for hazards and disasters
- planning and design codes
- innovative design and construction
Managing hazards and disasters
- disaster risk reduction
- resilience and recovery
The following are some of the questions we might ask in risk and disaster reduction research. However this is by no means an exhaustive or prescriptive list:
- How does society organise itself in response to risk?
- Why are natural, environmental and health catastrophes increasing?
- Can advances in satellite observation, numerical modelling and simulations improve our understanding and our ability to forecast or mitigate extreme events?
- Can we link our understanding of the transmission of infectious agents with epidemiology to mitigate pandemics?
- What effect will climate change have on the frequency and severity of extreme events?
- How can engineers reduce the risk of disasters?
- How are technological risks impacted by geohazards?
- How do we transfer scientific knowledge and technical know-how to those who need it?
- What are our legal and ethical responsibilities to victims of disasters?
- Can we ever manage disasters?