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Community Perception and Communication of Volcanic Risk from the Cotopaxi Volcano in Latacunga, Ecuador

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Seismic Hazard and Risk Dynamics, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
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Institute for Geosciences, University of Potsdam, 14469 Potsdam, Germany
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Grupo FARO, Quito 170518, Ecuador
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Landslide Research Group, Technical University of Munich, 80333 Munich, Germany
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Asociación de Profesionales de Gestión de Riesgos de Ecuador, Quito 170519, Ecuador
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Instituto de Altos Estudios Nacionales, Quito 170135, Ecuador
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Hydrology, Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, 14473 Potsdam, Germany
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Institute for Environmental Science and Geography, University of Potsdam, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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Geomer GmbH, 69126 Heidelberg, Germany
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German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), German Aerospace Center (DLR), 82234 Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
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EURAC Research, 39100 Bolzano, Italy
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Engineering Risk Analysis Group, Technical University of Munich, 80333 Munich, Germany
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Independent Consultant, 26689 Apen, Germany
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College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito 170901, Ecuador
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GADPC, Gobierno Autónomo Descentralizado Provincial de Cotopaxi, Latacunga 050101, Ecuador
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Academic Editor: Maurizio Tiepolo
Sustainability 2021, 13(4), 1714; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041714
Received: 31 December 2020 / Revised: 29 January 2021 / Accepted: 1 February 2021 / Published: 5 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Risk-Informed Sustainable Development in the Rural Tropics)
The inhabitants of Latacunga living in the surrounding of the Cotopaxi volcano (Ecuador) are exposed to several hazards and related disasters. After the last 2015 volcanic eruption, it became evident once again how important it is for the exposed population to understand their own social, physical, and systemic vulnerability. Effective risk communication is essential before the occurrence of a volcanic crisis. This study integrates quantitative risk and semi-quantitative social risk perceptions, aiming for risk-informed communities. We present the use of the RIESGOS demonstrator for interactive exploration and visualisation of risk scenarios. The development of this demonstrator through an iterative process with the local experts and potential end-users increases both the quality of the technical tool as well as its practical applicability. Moreover, the community risk perception in a focused area was investigated through online and field surveys. Geo-located interviews are used to map the social perception of volcanic risk factors. Scenario-based outcomes from quantitative risk assessment obtained by the RIESGOS demonstrator are compared with the semi-quantitative risk perceptions. We have found that further efforts are required to provide the exposed communities with a better understanding of the concepts of hazard scenario and intensity. View Full-Text
Keywords: risk communication; volcanic hazards; social risk perception; resilience; demonstrator; scenario; multi-risk analysis risk communication; volcanic hazards; social risk perception; resilience; demonstrator; scenario; multi-risk analysis
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Gomez-Zapata, J.C.; Parrado, C.; Frimberger, T.; Barragán-Ochoa, F.; Brill, F.; Büche, K.; Krautblatter, M.; Langbein, M.; Pittore, M.; Rosero-Velásquez, H.; Schoepfer, E.; Spahn, H.; Zapata-Tapia, C. Community Perception and Communication of Volcanic Risk from the Cotopaxi Volcano in Latacunga, Ecuador. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1714. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041714

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Gomez-Zapata JC, Parrado C, Frimberger T, Barragán-Ochoa F, Brill F, Büche K, Krautblatter M, Langbein M, Pittore M, Rosero-Velásquez H, Schoepfer E, Spahn H, Zapata-Tapia C. Community Perception and Communication of Volcanic Risk from the Cotopaxi Volcano in Latacunga, Ecuador. Sustainability. 2021; 13(4):1714. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041714

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Gomez-Zapata, Juan C.; Parrado, Cristhian; Frimberger, Theresa; Barragán-Ochoa, Fernando; Brill, Fabio; Büche, Kerstin; Krautblatter, Michael; Langbein, Michael; Pittore, Massimiliano; Rosero-Velásquez, Hugo; Schoepfer, Elisabeth; Spahn, Harald; Zapata-Tapia, Camilo. 2021. "Community Perception and Communication of Volcanic Risk from the Cotopaxi Volcano in Latacunga, Ecuador" Sustainability 13, no. 4: 1714. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13041714

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