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GEM-SERA OpenQuake Training in Istanbul, Turkey


Oct 7, 2019

SERA-GEM workshop participants Istanbul, Turkey 2019

More than 50 individuals from 17 countries participated in the OpenQuake training on September 13th held in Istanbul, Turkey. GEM’s Vitor Silva, Luis Martins and Venetia Despotaki demonstrated the main steps on how to run the probabilistic event-based risk calculator for a country and produce the various risk metrics of the European risk model.


The training was part of a 2-day SERA European Seismic Risk Workshop organized by the Department of Earthquake Engineering, Bogazici University, GEM and EUCENTRE SERA project. The objective of the workshop was to review the European Seismic Risk Model.


Partners of the SERA project presented updates on each of the main components of the European risk model: Laurentiu Danciu (ETH) for the European seismic hazard model (ESHM 2020); Kyriazis Pitilakis (AUTH) and Graeme Weatherill (GFZ) for the site amplification model; Venetia Despotaki (GEM) for the residential and non-residential exposure model; and Vitor Silva (GEM) for the physical vulnerability model, socio-economic vulnerability model, and OpenQuake-engine calculations, testing and calibration.


Speakers from the insurance industry, international disaster risk organisations and national civil protection agencies also shared their experiences with the European seismic risk model.

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