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  • Understanding seismic risk through capacity development and knowledge sharing

    july 9th 2021 TREQ WEBINAR Understanding seismic risk through capacity development and knowledge sharing Read Article Versión en español Background The TREQ Project is designed to demonstrate how earthquake hazard and risk assessment can inform decision makers in the development of risk reduction policies, as well as how earthquake risk can be properly communicated to stakeholders and the public in general. The TREQ project, which runs from 2020-2021, is funded by The United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Purpose The TREQ webinar aims to present in more detail the progress and achievements that the project has made since its inception and to reach broader earthquake risk reduction and management stakeholders around the world. Panelists Available in English and Spanish | 15:00-17:00 CEST | 08:00-10:00 Bogota | 21:00-23:00 Singapore agenda The TREQ project overview Hazard models for urban assessment The Dominican Republic national hazard model Incorporating site effects in urban hazard assessment Assessment of losses due to earthquake-induced liquefaction and landslides Urban risk modelling: Quito, Cali and Santiago de los Caballeros. Development of detailed building inventories Improvements in the OpenQuake engine for urban risk assessment Urban seismic risk estimates and the challenge of communicating outputs to the community USGS on earthquake hazard- and consequence-driven scenarios for the TREQ cities Capacity building: training in hazard and risk assessment and support for university courses. Closing remarks and future work Treq webpage link Registration Video Training and Communication for Earthquake Risk Assessment (TREQ)

  • CRAVE project kicks off in Bogota, Colombia

    Latest News CRAVE project kicks off in Bogota, Colombia READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The USAID project – Collaborative Risk Assessment for Volcanoes and Earthquakes or CRAVE successfully kicked off with a workshop in Bogota, Colombia on February 22-23, 2018. Participants came from the British Geological Survey, the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Colombian Geological Survey and the Rabaul Volcano Observatory of Papua New Guinea. The project also includes the participation of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) and the University of Edinburgh. The kickoff meeting covered several topics, including the identification of relevant hazard and risk information for decision-makers, data needs for volcano and earthquake hazard assessment in the pilot areas (Colombia and Papua New Guinea), challenges in the harmonization of software, models and datasets, and available modeling tools for the assessment of the impact from these geo-hazards. Marta Cavalche of SGC highlighted the importance of expanding the assessment beyond hazard after a discussion that most of the available assessment software is only for hazard. The project anticipates that communicating earthquake and volcanic risk can be a challenging task due to other competing social issues, and the lack of resources. However, Vitor Silva of the GEM Foundation points out that “When resources are limited, and they are always limited, we cannot afford to tackle one problem at a time. A multi-hazard and multi-disciplinary approach to disaster risk reduction better utilizes available resources.” Despite several aspects that need to be addressed such deciding on a uniform assessment framework, data format, and data availability, participants identified points of common work, as well as strategies to achieve the objectives set by the project. CRAVE is funded by USAID and will run for 18 months to develop a common framework for the assessment of the impact from earthquakes and volcanoes, with an application to a few locations in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea and Colombia.The kickoff meeting also appeared on SGC’s website article: Reunión inicial del proyecto CRAVE. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Using the lessons from COVID19: Getting ready for earthquakes in the future

    Latest News Using the lessons from COVID19: Getting ready for earthquakes in the future READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ Even though the COVID19 pandemic is not over yet, this catastrophic event has already taught us a lot; so, we tried to reflect on the lessons that could be drawn and carried into the future to reduce earthquake risk. Recently, GEM has completed a short social media campaign on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 that can be used in dealing with future earthquake risk. In case you missed it, here they are: 1) There is a need to strengthen open and transparent cooperation among the scientific community, businesses and political leaders. Especially in our field of work, dealing with an earthquake disaster that encompasses nations and regions, implementing science-based solutions will need economic and political will. 2) There is a need to develop a stronger system that can quickly translate scientific knowledge into practical and workable mitigation and emergency response strategy at the local and community level. 3) There is a need for governments and institutions to provide the population with simple, clear and understandable information and to take active actions against fake news and misinformation. 4) There is a need to reorganize, restructure, refocus, and ‘retrofit’, so to speak, our global institutions to become more efficient and readier in dealing with future risks such as earthquakes, pandemics and any disaster that can endanger human lives. 5) There is a need to urgently finance research and development before the next global crisis occurs. Investing in scientific research and development plays a critical role in addressing the challenges in understanding, assessing and responding to the time-dependent nature of disaster risk. Moreover, sustained preparedness and awareness are pivotal for reducing risk from natural hazard events and for ensuring that people can act on warning in timely and appropriate ways. However, in order to achieve them, significant financial, human and material resources are needed at the national, regional and international levels before, during and after disasters. To sum it all up, before the next global disaster or crisis occurs, greater efforts are still needed in order to clearly communicate: science-based disaster risk assessments, socio-economic impacts, evaluations of mechanisms for risk reduction, and prescriptive options for translating scientific findings into practice. Here at GEM we will always work to do our part and give our contribution with openness, collaboration, commitment to science and a special focus on serving the public good. https://www.facebook.com/GEMwrld/videos/660112941224311/ GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/5

  • OpenQuake Survey results: Toward innovation in 2021 and beyond

    Latest News OpenQuake Survey results: Toward innovation in 2021 and beyond READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The GEM Foundation completed an online survey of 83 OpenQuake users from 32 countries in December 2020. The aim of the survey was to understand the way users currently use OpenQuake, and to use the feedback as input for product development and for improving overall user experience. To date, the OpenQuake engine - GEM’s state-of-the-art, open source software for seismic hazard and risk analysis - has been cited in peer-reviewed publications for earthquake hazard and risk studies in 16 regions and 58 countries. No doubt, the actual number of studies is far greater. What were the Key takeaways from the OpenQuake survey Overall, OpenQuake is rated as the best open source software for both earthquake hazard and risk analysis by most of the respondents. The OpenQuake engine is mostly used for hazard analysis purposes (2:1 ratio against risk), and current features that were rated high were mostly related to hazard. However, these could be a limitation of the survey i.e. depends on who participated. The expertise level of most OpenQuake users responding was mainly in the beginner to intermediate range. Most beginner users found it not user friendly, which is not surprising given the complexity of the analysis process and the level of knowledge required to use the software effectively. This result suggests there is an opportunity for GEM to expand its training activities in the future, and potentially get additional income from this service. Future improvements pointed out by the users focused mainly on thorough documentation including all configuration parameters, while in terms of future development, the preference (64%) is to further develop OpenQuake’s hazard and risk modelling capabilities with additional tool kits for developing the required input models (e.g. source model, ground motion selection, exposure model, vulnerability model), testing, visualization, and extended toolkits. Feedback from the respondents Overall, about 70% of the respondents gave high satisfaction ratings for OpenQuake. Below are some of the positive feedback from the users. (see gallery image: Overall OQ Engine Rating) “Thank you for your great work. There is always a lot that can be done, but OQ is already an awesomely useful tool.” “In general, it is an amazing tool and I really enjoy working with it and all the support I have received from the team.” “Lots of great improvements are being made with each release and sometimes it is hard to keep up without having insider knowledge! I don't know what the solution is - the What's New is very well done, but I suppose I feel it is not always translated to the manual?” “Having started to work with OQ only recently, I personally have to say that I value all of your development and I appreciate your great support and help while setting things up (more technical stuff, really). Good product, good work. Thank you!” “I really appreciate the collaborative nature of the GEM Development Team. I find they are excellent at responding to queries both in a timely manner but also with good detail. Keep up the great work!” Next steps In 2021 the plan is to revamp the GEM website’s Products download system and incorporate an automated email invitation to provide feedback after 1-2 months after the download. The feedback form will also be modified to make it shorter and more aligned with GEM’s: short- and long-term plans for the OpenQuake Engine; and with customer support and satisfaction. If you have ideas for how to improve OpenQuake or want more information, please send an email to or join the OpenQuake Users Forum . We also love to hear about how you have used OpenQuake in your research or in hazard or risk assessment applications. Send us your publications and reports at communication@globalquakemodel.org and we will be happy to promote them through our newsletter and website. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS Overall OQ Engine Rating Overall OQ Engine Rating 1/4

  • OpenQuake Engine (v.2020)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. OpenQuake Engine (v.2020) Product Additional Requests Sector arrow&v I have read and agree to comply with the license terms of this product, and the conditions of products use. Reset fields Submit Download Thank you. Please click Download to get your item. Provide feedback to GEM on the use and impact of the product e.g. feedback survey. Share with GEM where the product was used i.e. research, publications or projects.

  • Glossary for GEM Taxonomy (v.2018)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Glossary for GEM Taxonomy (v.2018) Product Additional Requests Sector arrow&v I have read and agree to comply with the license terms of this product, and the conditions of products use. Reset fields Submit Download Thank you. Please click Download to get your item. Provide feedback to GEM on the use and impact of the product e.g. feedback survey. Share with GEM where the product was used i.e. research, publications or projects.

  • Technology transfer in the Middle East

    Latest News Technology transfer in the Middle East READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The four-day workshop organized by GEM in collaboration with the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute (KOERI) on March 14-18 continues the work carried out by the partners in the region and lays the foundation for long-term collaboration. In the framework of the USAID/OFDA-funded project, the workshop was implemented as part of the process to develop tools and procedures needed to establish a global network of GEM implementing partners. They will have the capacity to perform risk analyses and provide technical support and training in their regions, while coordinating with the GEM Secretariat in the improvement of methodologies and models according to local needs.Participants came from eight countries in the Middle East area (including Turkey), which had already contributed to the Earthquake Model for the Middle East (EMME) project under KOERI’s leadership. This time they were guided on the use of the OpenQuake-engine to perform urban risk assessments. The impact of the training was immediate: by the end of the workshop all participants managed to run a large number of hazard and risk calculations and visualize the resulting hazard, damage and loss estimates. Thanks to the training, participants had the opportunity to perform scenario calculations for their own regions and obtain damage and loss statistics for their cities. “This was one of the most successful workshops we have ever organized – said Vitor Silva, Risk Coordinator at GEM – “and I was impressed by the rapid learning ability on the use of the GEM tools”. This is certainly also a testimony to the improved computational efficiency and usability of the OpenQuake-engine interface and shows that GEM is on the right path in the development of its tools and methodologies, as well as in the adoption of appropriate technology-transfer mechanisms. Moreover, participants were impressed by the wide range of data and models available in the OpenQuake Platform and provided positive feedback on its potential contribution to the reduction of disaster risk around the world. The workshop ended with a short introduction to socio-economic vulnerability and integrated risk assessment and a dedicated session on the way forward. The participants decided to create a GEM-EMME community to promote long-term collaboration under KOERI‘s and GEM’s leadership. A corresponding proposal was submitted by the participants immediately after the workshop. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Seismic Hazard, Risk, and Design for South America

    Publications SHORT INTRO We calculate seismic hazard, risk, and design criteria across South America using the latest data, models, and methods to support public officials, scientists, and engineers in earthquake risk mitigation efforts. Updated continental scale seismic hazard models [..] ALL DETAILS Seismic Hazard, Risk, and Design for South America Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. page Seismic Hazard, Risk, and Design for South America Additional Requests Provide feedback to GEM on the use and impact of the product e.g. feedback survey. Share with GEM where the product was used i.e. research, publications or projects. Reset fields Submit Download Thank you. Please click "download" button to get your item. I have read and agree to comply with the license terms of this product, and the conditions of products use. Sector arrow&v

  • GEM Hazard Modeling Tools Workshop

    Latest News GEM Hazard Modeling Tools Workshop READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The workshop, held at GEM’s Headquarters in Pavia, Italy from March 15-17, 2017 gathered more than 20 experts and scientists from different parts of the world – Europe, Nepal, China, Thailand and Japan – representing public and private sectors. Speaking on behalf of the Chinese Earthquake Administration participants, Mengtan Gao, Deputy Director of the Institute of Geophysics, underscores the importance of the workshop saying, “This workshop is important for China Earthquake Administration because we learned new techniques and methodologies in seismic hazard assessment, particularly those being used here in Europe”. He adds further, “Our young seismologists can take these learnings back to China and apply them to the next generation of seismic hazard maps that China plans to develop next year”. Mengtan Gao (R) has served the China Earthquake Administration for 36 years. He hopes to build the capacity of his young colleagues in seismic assessment through GEM’s OpenQuake engine. While other participants are just beginning to understand and appreciate OpenQuake Engine, the General Insurance Rating Organization of Japan (GIROJ) has started translating the users’ manual into Japanese. Mr. Suguru of GIROJ says, “GEM’s OpenQuake engine is the global standard tool for seismic hazard and risk analyses. We are translating the manual so more of our partners and colleagues can use the engine.” Mr. Suguru has a background in applied mathematics and is leading the translation of GEM’s OpenQuake engine manual into Japanese in GIROJ. Capacity development is one of the major activities of GEM to help build national and local technical capacities in hazard and risk assessment around the world. Being at the cusp of completing Work Programme 2, GEM is gearing up to implement a training program on how to use various tools freely available at OpenQuake platform for its various partners and stakeholders at national and regional levels. Participants from NSET Nepal discuss with John Schneider, GEM Secretary General, plans to re-echo what they have learned from the workshop at national level. Sujan Raj and Kapil believe that translating the OpenQuake manual would help their colleagues in adapting the tool for analyzing seismic hazard and risk data of Nepal.Maria del Puy of ZAMG, “We are a small organization and just starting up. We participated in this workshop because of OpenQuake engine’s open and transparent development approach. This is what attracted us to use and try it. So far this workshop has given us a good idea of what the engine can do.” GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Global Historical Earthquake Catalogue and Archive (1000-1903) (v.2015) | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Products Global Historical Earthquake Catalogue and Archive (1000-1903) (v.2015) Product type Dataset Now DESCRIPTION The Global Historical Earthquake Catalogue and Archive provide a global starting point for continuous improvement of seismicity both for science and concrete applications, especially in regional contexts. Global Historical Earthquake Catalogue and Archive (1000-1903) (v.2015) The Global Historical Earthquake Catalogue and Archive provide a global starting point for continuous improvement of seismicity both for science and concrete applications, especially in regional contexts. Maintained by GEM Product type Dataset Availability Now View Documentation Request an NDA Product restrictions Open By Attribution, Share-Alike and Commercial use provided the by-products are shared under the same conditions as the original license License type CC BY-SA Request for Commercial License Request for Commercial Use GEM License Types AGPL – GNU Affero General Public License, used mostly for software CC BY – Creative Commons, By-Attribution CC BY-SA – Creative Commons, By-Attribution, Share-Alike CC BY-NC-SA – Creative Commons, By Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike NDA – Non-Disclosure Agreement (By request for public-good, non-commercial use.) Other/Commercial – If a product is not available under a license that suits your needs, such as for commercial application, please contact us to discuss your use case and other partnership/licensing options and fees. More details on GEM’s licensing terms here . Apologies for the inconvenience, the online NDA application is temporarily unavailable due to ongoing revisions.Please send your request to product@globalquakemodel.org . Thank you.