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  • Integrated Risk Modelling Toolkit

    Latest News Integrated Risk Modelling Toolkit READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ “Not only is it vital to evaluate and benchmark the conditions that lead to adverse earthquake impacts and loss – says GEM Social Vulnerability and Integrated Risk Coordinator Christopher G. Burton- it is equally important to measure the capacity of populations to respond to damaging events and to provide a set of metrics for priority setting and decision-making”. To allow for a holistic approach to seismic risk assessment and to integrate societal factors with risk estimation, GEM released the Integrated Risk Modelling Toolkit, a QGIS plugin compatible with the OpenQuake platform that is now accessible from here and from within the QGIS software itself. By leveraging user-supplied data or the GEM-CEDIM Socio-Economic Databases, the tool facilitates the integration of composite indicators of socio-economic characteristics with measures of physical risk (i.e. estimations of human or economic loss) to form what is called an integrated risk assessment. Learn more from here. A user manual can be accessed directly from within the tool. For web-based mapping and data exploration of completed and shared integrated risk assessments, GEM has also recently developed the Integrated Risk Viewer, a tool now directly accessible from the OpenQuake Platform where users can explore and interact with the models over the web without having to install or operate the QGIS plugin. Find it at: https://platform.openquake.org/irv/ . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Philippines

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Philippines 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.

  • Risk Input Preparation Toolkit (v.2018)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Risk Input Preparation Toolkit (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.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Sub-Saharan Africa 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.

  • Pilot earthquake and volcano risk assessment framework in Indonesia, Philippines and Colombia to start in November 2017

    Latest News Pilot earthquake and volcano risk assessment framework in Indonesia, Philippines and Colombia to start in November 2017 READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ USAID recently approved the project CRAVE (Collaborative Risk Assessment for Volcanoes and Earthquakes), which is set to start in November 2017. This project includes several partners including the British Geological Survey, the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), the University of Edinburgh, the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and key organizations from the region including the Colombian Geological Survey, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and Badan Geologi (Indonesia). CRAVE 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 Indonesia, Philippines and Colombia. Specifically, CRAVE aims to inform geological policies or procedures to increase the preparedness for geological events and develop the capacity of various sectors to reduce the impact of geological events. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • GEM 12-year anniversary: Bridging science and risk reduction

    Latest News GEM 12-year anniversary: Bridging science and risk reduction READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ “A dozen years is another milestone for GEM, and particularly poignant after over one year of the coronavirus pandemic. We much appreciate the continued support of our sponsors, collaborators and project partners, and the dedication and commitment of our staff to get us to where we are today, and ready to deliver our mandate in the next 12 years.” GEM Secretary General John Schneider on commemorating GEM’s 12-year anniversary. John added that the availability and access to data, information and tools continue to be fundamental problems in accurately assessing earthquake risk and taking action to reduce risk. “After 12 years, we are proud to have reached a time when GEM can say that harmonized, high quality, open data and open source assessment tools for earthquake hazard and risk are now widely available to the public.” Paul Henshaw, Director of Technology and Development agrees saying, “By overcoming these various challenges over the years, we can show how the evolution of OpenQuake engine and related toolkits has helped advance the science of risk assessment and support international collaboration to increase risk awareness and encourage risk mitigation activities around the world.” GEM’s contribution to disaster risk reduction Beyond the development of tools and databases, GEM’s biggest contribution to disaster risk reduction has been through the completion of the Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk Model through a collaboration with hundreds of local experts and dozens of organizations worldwide. Global maps were completed and released in 2018 and the underlying models were released to the public in 2019 and 2020. GEM also released a global set of earthquake vulnerability and resilience indicators in 2020. An earthquake risk model is comprised of three components: a hazard model that defines where, how often and how severely earthquakes will strike in the future; an exposure model that describes the elements at risk, particularly buildings/infrastructure and people; and vulnerability curves or models that describe the relationship between shaking intensity and damage or loss to elements at risk. GEM also develops socioeconomic vulnerability and resilience (SVR) indicators that are used to complement physical models of seismic risk. These indicators can be used to better understand drivers of risk and factors that may contribute to or hinder earthquake recovery. Marco Pagani, GEM Hazard Team Coordinator, explains how GEM’s Global Earthquake Hazard model,completed in 2018, is being used to help improve resilience to earthquakes. “Overall, this compilation of models provides a summary of the best science currently applied to the assessment of seismic hazard across the world at national and regional levels. Many of the models contained in this collection are already used to update building codes and compute risk at national level. The regulation of building construction through building codes is perhaps the most fundamental mechanism for reducing earthquake risk.” Vitor Silva, GEM Risk Team Coordinator, says "It took the GEM team many years to put together all the components to build a Global Earthquake Risk model. Now building vulnerability models are available for more than 600 building types, and exposure information covers residential, commercial and industrial buildings worldwide. On our 12th year, we are happy to have made all of this information available publicly to support decision-makers in assessing earthquake risk and devising strategies for effective risk mitigation." What’s Next In the next one-three years, GEM will be working to make its models and tools more accessible to the insurance and engineering sectors and DRR community more broadly, and to incorporate secondary perils (landslide, liquefaction, and tsunami) and cascading risks into its models. For instance, GEM has begun working on a new Risk Explorer tool which aims to make risk information more accessible to downstream users for risk reduction decision making and is integrating its risk models into financial loss models for insurance applications through third party platforms. Looking ahead to the next dozen years, John explained that “While GEM will continue to focus on the development of models and tools for earthquake risk assessment, and on their application through public and private partnerships at global, regional, national, and local levels, GEM will also evolve and extend its reach through increased collaboration on multi-hazard risk assessment, particularly for climate change risk assessment and adaptation.” 12-year anniversary infographics and media cards 12 key moments in GEM's history . John Schneider on the future work of GEM . Mauro Dolce on the GEM significant contribution to the development and application of earthquake science . Rui Pinho on GEM's role in bridging the gap between science and risk reduction . Anselm Smolka on GEM's collaborative and inclusive approach . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/10

  • OQ Engine used in a nuclear SHA project

    Latest News OQ Engine used in a nuclear SHA project READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ It is well acknowledged that some facilities, such as the nuclear ones, require particular caution when it comes to the calculation of levels of ground motion to be used for design and risk assessment. In other words, the calculation process for an area selected to host nuclear facilities should comply with some specific requirements in terms of Quality Assurance, along the same line of what is achieved in the model building process through the application of the procedure proposed by the SSHAC (Senior Seismic Hazard Analysis Committee that developed SSHAC guidelines which can be used in the development of PSHA input models or in PSHA studies). Taking as a case study the Thyspunt site in South Africa, where Eskom is planning to build some nuclear power plants, a group of scientists including two members of the GEM hazard team proposed a procedure based on the use of the OpenQuake Engine guaranteeing that minimum quality levels in the calculation of hazard are met. They carried out a study to verify the original logic tree calculations and to compare them against the ones obtained with a different software and an independent implementation. After a wide range of tests, the OQ Engine was able to effectively mimic calculations performed by the previous software proving the reproducibility of original calculations and the consistency between its results and the ones computed with the initial software. The result, besides being an international validation of the OpenQuake-engine, represents an interesting contribution in the field of nuclear applications. It demonstrates quality and effectiveness of the testing process adopted by the development team in the implementation of hazard models as well as in the implementation of the software itself. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Global vulnerability (Buildings) | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Products Global vulnerability (Buildings) Product type Global map (digital) Now DESCRIPTION The Global Vulnerability digital database includes data for commercial, industrial, residential (including 600 curves funded by USAID). Global vulnerability (Buildings) This is a global digital database produced by GEM. The Global Vulnerability digital database includes data for commercial, industrial, residential (including 600 curves funded by USAID). 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 Development of a fragility and vulnerability model for global seismic risk analyses | SpringerLink 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.

  • OpenQuake Platform (v.2019) | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Products OpenQuake Platform (v.2019) Product type Software Now DESCRIPTION The OpenQuake Platform is a website that allows the community to explore, manipulate and visualize the datasets and models and to use tools that GEM produces. The platform also allows users to contribute, share and discuss new findings and results with the GEM community. OpenQuake Platform (v.2019) The OpenQuake Platform is a website that allows the community to explore, manipulate and visualize the datasets and models and to use tools that GEM produces. The platform also allows users to contribute, share and discuss new findings and results with the GEM community. Maintained by GEM Product type Software 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 AGPL 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.

  • Swiss Re-GEM partnership aims to build insurance loss models using GEM’s OpenQuake and global databases

    Latest News Swiss Re-GEM partnership aims to build insurance loss models using GEM’s OpenQuake and global databases READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ Global reinsurer Swiss Re has joined GEM as Advisor Sponsor. The sponsorship came on the heels of a successful pilot project with Swiss Re Institute and its Cat Perils unit to improve GEM’s hazard model for Italy using the OpenQuake engine for Swiss Re’s in-house model development. The project -- based on the SHARE European earthquake hazard model -- was successfully completed in September 2019 and set the basis for the Swiss Re sponsorship. ​ With this renewed collaboration, Swiss Re will continue to use GEM datasets on exposure and vulnerability for reference, and work on integrating the OQ engine together with GEM and publicly available OQ hazard models in their model development process. ​ "Swiss Re shares GEM's vision of a world more resilient to natural catastrophes and we're proud to support this truly global initiative. GEM provides state-of-the-art science and software tools and has become a valuable forum for open collaboration within the risk assessment community. By using the same open software for common tasks, the community can focus its efforts on analyzing and improving data and models. We believe that the pioneering work done by GEM will lead to a new era of collaboration and transparency on seismic hazard and risk assessment." Michael Ewald, Earthquake Perils Lead at Swiss Re Institute. ​ “An important part of GEM’s evolving journey is to turn GEM models into products useful for the insurance industry. With this collaboration, GEM will not only have the opportunity to develop products for the insurance sector but also demonstrate that it can be done in a mutually beneficial way,” John Schneider, Secretary General, on partnering with Swiss Re for insurance loss modelling. ​ A partnership built from past successes Swiss Re Foundation, a separate legal entity of Swiss Re Group, funded the South America Risk Assessment (SARA) project implemented collaboratively by GEM from 2013-2015. It focused mainly on risk assessment capacity development in South America. Local experts and stakeholders with GEM scientists and engineers carried out activities such as compilation of earthquake catalogues, creation of risk metrics and country risk profiles, and estimation of social vulnerability using GEM tools and products. ​ Recently, a successful pilot project for Italy to improve GEM’s hazard module using the OpenQuake engine for Swiss Re’s in-house model development was completed in September. ​ Way forward Swiss Re, Hannover Re and GEM are currently collaborating on a pilot project to implement national and regional GEM models in the OASIS loss modelling framework for risk quantification and a transparent approach in loss estimation using GEM models and tools. The goal is to bring the models up to industry standards and to have a market-ready model by Spring of 2020. ​ About Swiss Re Swiss Re Group is one of the world’s leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. ​ Its distinct mission: Together, we apply fresh perspectives, knowledge and capital to anticipate and manage risk, in order to create smarter solutions for our clients, helping the world rebuild, renew and move forward. Today 75% of insurance risks – from natural catastrophes and climate change, to ageing populations and cybercrime – remain uninsured. Swiss Re aims to change that. ​ Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. Its approximately 14,500 employees provide a wide range of technical expertise, enabling the company to develop unique solutions and drive growth. Swiss Re is organised into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group’s overall mission. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0