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GEM News Briefs December 2022


Dec 6, 2022

METIS meeting in Paris

Marco Pagani and Thomas Chartier (GEM Hazard Team) participated in the METIS plenary meeting on 15-16 November. The meeting, organized by partner IRSN, was held at the Maison de la Recherche, in the city center of Paris. Day 1 included presentations on the Work Program progress. Day 2 was dedicated to technical and working meetings. Marco presented the GEM activities in finalizing the hazard component of the project, and Thomas illustrated the characteristics of the Seismic Source Characterization for the METIS test site located in Central Italy.


METIS is a Horizon 2020 project whose mission is to develop and improve tools and methodologies employed in seismic safety assessments of nuclear reactors and translate this research into practice for industry use. GEM, represented by the Hazard and Risk Teams, is a technical collaborator contributing to the task of seismic hazard assessment and Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) Tools and Methodology.


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Portuguese National Conference on Earthquake Engineering

Catarina Costa and Vitor Silva participated in the 12th “Congresso Nacional de Sismologia e Engenharia Sísmica” held in Lisbon from November 9-11. Catarina presented ‘Seismic Risk Assessment of the Road Network and Hospital Accessibility in Lisbon’ as part of the parallel sessions of Theme 3 - Analysis and mitigation of seismic risk.

Vitor presented ‘The Promise of New Technologies in The Evaluation of Earthquake Risk: Hype or Hope?’ in the Plenary Opening Session 1. He also presented ‘Earthquake Building Damage Detection Using Satellite Imagery and Machine Learning in the Theme 3 parallel session.

The Portuguese Structural Engineering Conferences (JPEE) have been organized since 1982 by the National Civil Engineering Laboratory (LNEC) involving three national associations interested in structural engineering: the Portuguese Association of Structural Engineering (APEE), the Portuguese Concrete Group (GPBE) and the Portuguese Society of Earthquake Engineering (SPES). The Conferences, which take place every 8 years, have made a very significant contribution to the exchange of experiences and information in the field of structural engineering.


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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022

This year, the International Day focused on Target G of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to people by 2030.” The DRR Day 2022 slogan was “early warning for all”.


In the spirit of DRR Day, GEM shared through social media and other online platforms the seismic risk assessment reports for the cities of Cali, Quito and Santiago to help increase availability of and access to disaster risk information and assessments of our stakeholders in South America.


We’ve also shared through various online channels GEM’s Global Maps; Country Risk Profiles; and Open Products as part of our contributions to make earthquake risk information available and accessible to the public at large.


Watch out for NRCan’s RiskProfiler website launch in March 2023

RiskProfiler, a website developed by Natural Resources Canada, allows access, visualization, and exploration of information about the potential risks from earthquakes and is intended to support community planners, emergency managers, and Canadians at large to build resilience to earthquake hazards. Information on RiskProfiler is the outcome of a national earthquake risk assessment completed by Natural Resources Canada in partnership with the Global Earthquake Model Foundation. The website is now live, with the official announcement to take place in March 2023.


The GEM Secretariat is proud to welcome its newest member: Christopher Brooks

Christopher is from the United Kingdom and is a seismic hazard modeller specialising in ground-motion characterization. Christopher joined the Hazard Team on December 1st. He has a PhD in probabilistic seismic hazard assessment from the University of Strathclyde. His PhD focused on the improvement of probabilistic seismic hazard assessment (PSHA) in the North Sea, a region that contains a considerable amount of critical offshore infrastructure. North Sea PSHA was primarily enhanced through the improvement of appropriate ground-motion models, which was achieved through the implementation of novel statistical techniques including machine-learning algorithms. 

He has previously worked for Fugro SAS’s Land Services division as a Seismic Engineer. Christopher joined GEM because of the opportunity to contribute to the next generation of seismic hazard models through the application of his skillset in ground-motion modelling. He will contribute to the improvement of OpenQuake’s ground-motion characterization tools, as well as the development of ground-motion modelling projects in the future.


GEM updates its website

The GEM Website has been updated in order to align its contents with GEM’s Strategic Plan and Roadmap to 2030 as well as to better serve our stakeholders and partners’ needs and requirements. We’ve made significant changes to the following pages below that we hope will make your browsing smoother, find information faster and your overall experience more enjoyable.

Check out these updated pages and share with us what you think by clicking the Contact Us icon.



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More changes are coming to the current version of the website. All features are scheduled to be completed before the year ends. So check back next year and let us know what you think.

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