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GEM Highlights Key Advances in Earthquake Risk Assessment at Geoscience Australia webinar


Mar 27, 2024

Mar 7, 2024

February 7, 2024. At a webinar hosted by Geoscience Australia's Public Talks series, John Schneider, Senior Advisor at the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation, shared significant updates in earthquake risk assessment and mitigation strategies.

John outlined several key developments in his presentation:

Firstly, he introduced the launch of second-generation earthquake maps, which offered enhanced accuracy and detail. These maps not only estimate losses and building damage but also factor in human impact, providing a comprehensive view of seismic risk.

Moreover, GEM is broadening its focus beyond earthquakes to include secondary hazards such as tsunamis and liquefaction. This expansion aims for multi-hazard and systemic risk assessment, ensuring a more holistic approach to disaster preparedness.

John also discussed the potential development of a global tsunami model, highlighting GEM's efforts to establish partnerships with existing networks to advance this initiative within the tsunami modelling community.

Furthermore, GEM is expanding its capabilities in various areas, including multi-hazard assessment, future exposure modelling, and building carbon footprint assessment, demonstrating a commitment to innovation in disaster risk reduction.

Lastly, John emphasised collaboration opportunities for partners interested in post-disaster analysis, tsunami risk assessment, infrastructure risk, and integration of hazard models with climate change impacts.

The webinar provided valuable insights into GEM's strategic aims for the future, offering opportunities for collaboration in multi-hazard risk assessment and disaster preparedness efforts worldwide. 

For those interested in earthquake preparedness and disaster mitigation, GEM actively seeks partners across various sectors, offering opportunities for researchers, government agencies, and NGOs to contribute.

The full webinar recording can be viewed here for further insights into GEM's pioneering work.

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