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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?
Centres and networks
- Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Centre
- NDE, Structures & Micromechanics Centre, Mechanical Engineering
- Rock & Ice Physics Laboratory, UCL Earth Sciences
- Tropical Storm Risk
- UCL Earth Sciences
- UCL EPICentre (Earthquake People Interaction Centre)
- U-path (UCL Urban Pathogen Research Network)
- UCL Development Planning Unit
- UCL Statistical Science
- UCL Ethics & Law Centre
- UCL Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology
- UCL Centre for International Health & Development
- UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics
- UCL Centre for Systems Engineering