GEM2021: Year in Review

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Despite the ongoing pandemic, the year 2021 proved to be another busy year for GEM, kicking off the year with the and celebration of .

 

The year was capped with the , and the launch of .

 

The USAID-supported added close to 400 risk professionals to the list of individuals trained online on seismic hazard and risk analysis using OpenQuake engine software. The project is further boosted by the to deliver a suite of National Earthquake Information Center’s (NEIC) real-time shaking, impact, and aftershock forecast products for the TREQ earthquake scenarios.

 

After three years, , a consortium led by the British Geological Survey, has come to a successful conclusion, releasing , and delivering all the expected outputs for pilot countries Nepal and Tanzania. GEM, a member of the consortium, contributed to the structural vulnerability assessment and propagation of uncertainty to disaster risk estimates for multiple perils including earthquakes, landslides, floods, and volcanoes; and knowledge sharing and dissemination of project outputs and protocols through the use of web portals and training workshops with local partners.

 

Four partners teamed up with GEM to work in several related but different areas of research and application: seismic risk in China and the ASEAN region; hazard, exposure and risk information for global risk and disaster management; development and promotion of better understanding of earthquake risk through research and application of science; and in improved parametric risk financing mechanisms for earthquakes.

 

GEM launched its and new pages offering collaborative services, products and resources, and flexible mechanisms to enable potential partners to contribute to GEM’s ongoing and future work programs.

 

GEM open is nearing its 10,000th download as of December. In addition to this milestone, GEM has released commercial earthquake loss models for on the Nasdaq Risk Modelling Solution service and the . GEM’s risk model for China will be released by the end of March. GEM has also released Global Earthquake Hazard map on and the , and the on Oasis Hub.

 

The OpenQuake development team released versions featuring optimization and enhancement of the event-based risk and damage calculators and GMPE library plus other new performance improvements.

 

In relation to this, a new toolkit, , was also released, integrating in a single environment all phases of seismic vulnerability assessment.

 

On UN’s IDRR Day, effectively renewing its commitment to help implement the Sendai Framework targets till 2030. At the COP26 in Glasgow, GEM as partner, participated in the .

 

GEM also contributed to two major publications: where GEM contributed earthquakes and exposure analysis, including seismic risk in 2020 as well as projected exposure estimates for the years 2030, 2040, and 2050; and to the (HIPs) published by UNDRR and the International Science Council, where GEM provided the HIPs for earthquakes and associated or triggered hazards.

 

GEM hosted the TREQ project’s webinar: which attracted more than 240 participants from around the world and across various sectors. In addition to this major event, GEM scientists participated in more than 30 international conferences on loss models, earthquake risk assessment, and global challenges in earthquake risk and catastrophe modelling.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the year 2021 proved to be another busy year for GEM, kicking off the year with the release of earthquake models for public application and celebration of a dozen years of GEM’s work and contribution to earthquake risk reduction and resilience.

 

The year was capped with the 2020 Outstanding Paper Award for Development of a Global Seismic Risk Model given by EERI, and the launch of GEM Strategic Plan and Roadmap to 2030.

 

The USAID-supported TREQ project added close to 400 risk professionals to the list of individuals trained online on seismic hazard and risk analysis using OpenQuake engine software. The project is further boosted by the participation of USGS to deliver a suite of National Earthquake Information Center’s (NEIC) real-time shaking, impact, and aftershock forecast products for the TREQ earthquake scenarios.

 

After three years, the METEOR project, a consortium led by the British Geological Survey, has come to a successful conclusion, releasing exposure models for 47 countries, and delivering all the expected outputs for pilot countries Nepal and Tanzania. GEM, a member of the consortium, contributed to the structural vulnerability assessment and propagation of uncertainty to disaster risk estimates for multiple perils including earthquakes, landslides, floods, and volcanoes; and knowledge sharing and dissemination of project outputs and protocols through the use of web portals and training workshops with local partners.

 

Four partners teamed up with GEM to work in several related but different areas of research and application: seismic risk in China and the ASEAN region; hazard, exposure and risk information for global risk and disaster management; development and promotion of better understanding of earthquake risk through research and application of science; and in improved parametric risk financing mechanisms for earthquakes.

 

GEM launched its Services and new Get Involved pages offering collaborative services, products and resources, and flexible mechanisms to enable potential partners to contribute to GEM’s ongoing and future work programs.

 

GEM open Products is nearing its 10,000th download as of December. In addition to this milestone, GEM has released commercial earthquake loss models for Colombia and South Africa on the Nasdaq Risk Modelling Solution service and the Verisk (formally AIR) Touchstone platform. GEM’s risk model for China will be released by the end of March. GEM has also released Global Earthquake Hazard map on ImageCat’s Inhance and the Eigenrisk EigenPrism platform, and the Global Simplified Earthquake Hazard Data on Oasis Hub.

 

The OpenQuake development team released versions 3.11 and 3.12 featuring optimization and enhancement of the event-based risk and damage calculators and GMPE library plus other new performance improvements.

 

In relation to this, a new toolkit, an open‑source platform for vulnerability analysis, was also released, integrating in a single environment all phases of seismic vulnerability assessment.

 

On UN’s IDRR Day, GEM launched its Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment page effectively renewing its commitment to help implement the Sendai Framework targets till 2030. At the COP26 in Glasgow, GEM as partner, participated in the official launch of the Global Resilience Index Initiative.

 

GEM also contributed to two major publications: World Bank’s Economics for Disaster Prevention and Preparedness book where GEM contributed earthquakes and exposure analysis, including seismic risk in 2020 as well as projected exposure estimates for the years 2030, 2040, and 2050; and to the Hazard Information Profiles (HIPs) published by UNDRR and the International Science Council, where GEM provided the HIPs for earthquakes and associated or triggered hazards.

 

GEM hosted the TREQ project’s webinar: Understanding seismic risk through capacity development and knowledge-sharing which attracted more than 240 participants from around the world and across various sectors. In addition to this major event, GEM scientists participated in more than 30 international conferences on loss models, earthquake risk assessment, and global challenges in earthquake risk and catastrophe modelling.

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