Anirudh Rao and Nicole Paul participated in the quarterly UK Space Agency #METEOR Project meeting and workshops in Kathmandu, Nepal. The weeklong event was hosted by the National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET) from 11-14 November. The event was attended by representatives from the British Geological Survey (BGS), ImageCat, National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET)- Nepal, and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT).
From November 11th-12th, project collaborators presented updates on their respective work packages, and reviewed project progress. Anirudh presented GEM updates on the compilation of a library of vulnerability functions for multiple perils for use in the project, and on the identification and propagation of uncertainties in risk assessment.
The host organization, NSET provided an International Partner presentation, discussing the details of building code compliance programs in Nepal.
On November 13th, METEOR stakeholders from the policy-making level, the acting UK Ambassador to Nepal, NSET personnel and various university professors met to discuss policies and gaps in risk information. The following day was devoted to technical discussions on exposure, landslide, seismic hazard and flood, which was well attended by various technical and scientific staff from government ministries, bureaus and academic institutions.
The next METEOR project stakeholders meeting is scheduled in 2020. For more information on the METEOR project, please visit https://meteor-project.org.