From global to local
We envisage the platform serve as a hub for integrated risk assessment, allowing both power and standard users to combine GEM products in many different ways in order to obtain output for science, risk assessment, risk awareness creation and risk management. By building on the latest opensource technologies also leveraged by the World Bank’s GFDRR labs with whom we collaborate on this, the platform will make for an interactive, dynamic and collaborative environment for GEM products.
Initially these products will be ‘global’ and provide a rough overview; but through partnerships and collaboration, more and more results and resources will be applicable for local risk assessment after 2014.
Calculate, Share, Explore
CALCULATE: The OpenQuake platform allows users to integrate open-source applications with homogenized data and models. With the OpenQuake Engine - GEM’s state-of-the-art software for seismic hazard and risk assessment - users can calculate seismic hazard and risk transparently and according to the latest science, from the global to the local scale. From ground motion fields to hazard spectra to maps of estimated human loss and mean economic loss; users will be able to produce a great variety of custom outputs by combining own models, data and (local) knowledge with the different GEM products.
EXPLORE: The platform leverages upon open-source geospatial technologies to allow users to work in an intuitive, map-based environment. Users can explore earthquake hazard and risk by interacting with dynamic maps, indicators and graphs. They can also develop their own maps by combining datasets, and they can upload new data for continuous improvement of datasets for (local) risk assessments.
SHARE: Sharing of data and risk information, best practice and approaches is key to assessing risk better. The platform is to serve as a clearinghouse for all those critical in- and outputs. It will link users from around the globe so they can work together to assess risk.
We are building a sandbox to allow our partners, collaborators and followers worldwide to see how all of our efforts are going to be integrated into this platform. We hope to be able to share a public version of the sandbox with you very soon. In the meantime we look forward to your feedback. Note however that it will evolve and change significantly over the next years, so think of this is a concept rather than a representation of exactly what the platform will look like in two years' time.