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The Global Earthquake Model 2018: A step toward earthquake resilience


Mar 6, 2019

Since 2009, GEM has been developing collaborations around the world to assess earthquake hazard and risk. In 2015, GEM released the OpenQuake-Engine, a software program that is rapidly becoming the standard worldwide for calculating earthquake hazard and risk. Later that year, GEM committed to completing the Global Earthquake Model, leveraging its global collaborations of hundreds of experts and several regional programs using a common methodology and open analysis tools to coordinate the completion of a global mosaic of hazard and risk models. Combined, this represents the culmination of a 10-year effort to bring a comprehensive and globally complete set of information about earthquake hazard and risk together into a suite of products for use by the entire community of risk modellers, risk management professionals, and the public.

On December 5th in Pavia, Italy, the GEM Event will feature:


  • release of the global earthquake hazard and risk maps,

  • presentations on new directions from public, private and academic perspectives

  • panel discussions to explore development, uses, drivers and future of maps and models

  • posters and demonstrations showing the development and application of GEM tools and models


You will get an insider’s look on how the GEM2018 map was made and its applications in risk management, on interactive tools specially developed for the map, and on the strategic drivers, demands, and future directions for research and applications. You will find out what has changed in our global understanding of earthquake hazard since the release of GSHAP in 1999; you will learn how we have assembled information on the exposure and vulnerability of population and the built environment to assess the risks of economic loss and human mortality at national level globally. Further, you will see how these risks are distributed around the world and gain insights for a wide range of risk  management applications and resilience planning.

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