Special Issue "Natural Hazards and Risks Assessment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2017).
The exponential growth of natural disasters that occurred worldwide in the last few decades has been widely discussed by the scientific community. In the case of hydro-meteorological disasters (e.g., floods, storms, droughts) the increasing occurrences may be related to the increasing frequency and magnitude of natural dangerous phenomena, as a direct consequence of climate change. However, the increase in disaster number is also noticeable for geophysical disasters, and there is no evidence of increment concerning the activity of related natural phenomena (e.g., earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions). Therefore, the growth of natural disasters is also related to the uncorrected land use planning, which have been responsible for the increment of risk exposure and people vulnerability, namely in large metropolis and along the coastal zone.
According to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030, it is urgent to anticipate, plan for, and reduce disaster risk in order to more effectively protect persons, communities and countries, their livelihoods, health, cultural heritage, socioeconomic assets and ecosystems, and thus strengthen their resilience.
Policies and practices for disaster risk management should be based on the hazard assessment sustained by the best state-of-the art methods and techniques, but also on the analysis of consequences and risk estimation accounting dimensions of exposure of persons and assets, vulnerability, and resilience.
This Special Issue of Geosciences discusses concepts, methods and techniques to assess hazard and risk to a wide range of natural processes (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, coastal erosion, landslides, soil erosion and desertification, wind, meteorological extreme events, floods, drought, wildfires).
Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Quantitative, semi-quantitative and qualitative methods to assess hazard and risk
- Critical evaluation of input data for hazard and risk analysis at different scales
- Uncertainties associated to hazard and risk assessment
- Scale effects on hazard and risk assessment
- Strategies of model’s validation
- Application of hazard and risk assessment to risk management and territorial governance (spatial planning and emergency planning)
Prof. José Luís Zêzere
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- Natural Processes
- Hazard assessment
- Risk analysis
- Risk management