Assessing and Mitigating Earthquake Risk in the Caribbean and Central America (CCARA)

Background

Earthquake risk is on the rise and earthquakes are expected to take an increasing number of lives1. Hazard and risk assessments are the foundation for raising awareness among policy makers and the general public, forming the basis for decisions and actions that effectively build resilience and can reduce risk. While important work has been carried out in the Central American and Caribbean region to understand earthquake risk assessment and management there is still ample room to enhance that understanding and properly introduce it in decision- and policy-making processes. In many areas of the world, state-of-the-art information and tools to assess earthquake risk have been inaccessible for a long time. As a first step to tackle this problem, the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) has been created and spent the past seven years collaboratively advancing open source science and technology for global state-of-the-art seismic hazard and risk modeling, data collection, and risk assessment at scales from local to national, regional, and global.

Objectives and Expected Outputs

The Programs goal is to improve the understanding of earthquake hazard and risk in Central America and the Caribbean and, in the process, develop local capacities to promote sustainability of the efforts initiated by the Program. Also, and maybe more importantly, we would like to promote the utilization and application of the results and information generated by the Program.

Location

Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago

Funding partner

Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago

Duration

2016 - 2018

Collaborators

20+

Beneficiaries

Municipality of San Jose (Costa Rica) - National Commission of Emergencies (CNE) - University of Costa Rica (UCR) - Laboratorio Nacional de Materiales y Estructuras (LANAMME) - Open Street Maps (please confirm with Vitor)

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