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  • Global hazard viewer (v.2021)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Global hazard viewer (v.2021) Product Additional Requests Academia Engineering, Government NGO Insurance Other 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.

  • Northern Africa | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    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. Products Northern Africa Product type Model Now DESCRIPTION Northern Africa is part of GEM's Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk Maps released to the public in December 2018. As part of the mosaic, the seismic hazard, exposure and vulnerability models employed in the calculations were either provided by national institutions, or developed within the scope of regional programs, bilateral collaborations, or by GEM. Click View for details. APPLICATION Product category Model Contact ​ License type ​ Maintained by ​ Component ​ Documentation Hazard Risk Contributors Manual Download Hazard Download Risk Contact GEM Download Download Exposure Download Vulnerability Hazard The Northern Africa model (NAF) was developed by GEM and is described in Poggi et al. (2020). The model extends form Morocco to Egypt along the Mediterranean coastline. Maintained by GEM Product type Model Availability Now Product restrictions Open By Attribution and Share-Alike but not for commercial use Licence type CC BY-NC-SA Request an NDA Documentation View Request for a Commercial License Exposure Exposure data for Admin level 1 for population, commercial, industrial and residential buildings Maintained by GEM Product type Model Availability Now Product restrictions Non-Disclosure Agreement (By request for public-good, non-commercial use) Licence type NDA Request an NDA Documentation View Request for a Commercial License Vulnerability Vulnerability curves for all building classes Maintained by GEM Product type Model Availability Now Product restrictions Open By Attribution, Share-Alike and Commercial use provided the by-products are shared under the same conditions as the original license Licence type CC BY-SA Request an NDA Documentation View Request for a Commercial License Country Profiles Maintained by GEM Licence type CC BY-SA Availability Now Product restrictions Open By Attribution, Share-Alike and Commercial use provided the by-products are shared under the same conditions as the original license

  • Vulnerability Database (v.2019)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Vulnerability Database (v.2019) Product Additional Requests Academia Engineering, Government NGO Insurance Other 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.

  • GEM at Jornadas de Amenaza y Riesgo Sísmico 2018 in Bogotá, Colombia

    Latest News GEM at Jornadas de Amenaza y Riesgo Sísmico 2018 in Bogotá, Colombia READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ From February 19th to 21st, the GEM Foundation was hosted by the Colombian Geological Service during their Jornadas de Amenaza y Riesgo Sísmico 2018, three days dedicated to discuss seismic hazard and risk assessment, and its application in structural design and building code regulations. One full day was also dedicated to GEM’s OpenQuake engine. More than 220 people attended the event, among whom were hazard and risk modelers, public and private stakeholders, and students of Engineering and Earth Science. To open the three-day workshop, Dr Óscar Eladio Paredes, Director General of the SGC said. “We take the challenge of knowing the seismic hazard and risk as rigorously as possible. Likewise, we are aware that knowledge does not come from a single institution, and this implies a greater challenge, and that is to build it with the contribution of an open and participative technical community. This approach has allowed the Geological Service to explore novel methodologies and establish alliances with national and international experts for the development of a national seismic hazard model, which we have developed jointly with the GEM Foundation (Global Earthquake Model) during the last two years.” On February 19th, during the session “De la amenaza sísmica al diseño sismo resistente” session (“From seismic hazard to seismic resistant design”), Julio García, Senior Hazard Scientist at GEM, in collaboration with the Colombian Geological Service, presented the new seismic hazard model for Colombia, also sharing methodological aspects, results and application of the model. The afternoon sessions dealt with the use of national hazard models for structural design of infrastructure, new methodologies for risk assessment on buildings, and the use of active faults in seismic hazard analysis. During the last session, in addition to the participants, professionals from Geoestudios (Ecuador), Universidad del Norte (Colombia), Sociedad Colombiana de Geotecnia, Universidad de San Luís (Argentina) and Universidad Eafit (Colombia) were involved in a debate on the state of knowledge of seismic resistant design and the prospects for Colombia. On February 20th, the sessions were dedicated to seismic risk assessment. Public and private, as well as national and international authorities, addressed many issues related to comprehensive risk management, among which were the elaboration of exposure models for Colombia, financial risk management for disaster risk reduction - presented by the Treasury Department, and safe and sustainable construction. In the afternoon of February 20th and on the 21st, GEM carried out a workshop called “Evaluación del riesgo sísmico usando OpenQuake” (“Seismic risk assessment using OpenQuake”), facilitated by the GEM risk team. During the event, participants experienced first hand how to use OpenQuake, in particular the use of data to calculate seismic risk, the procedure to evaluate and describe inputs for the analysis of loss and damage scenarios, and in general, how to measure seismic risk. Workshops on the OpenQuake engine are particularly welcomed in countries like Colombia, where learning how to assess seismic risk is considered essential. The Universidad Nacional de Colombia mentions the GEM workshop in this article: https://agenciadenoticias.unal.edu.co/detalle/article/estudiantes-aprenden-a-calcular-amenaza-sismica-con-openquake.html GEM and SGC are committed to continue its strong collaboration to further advance seismic hazard and risk assessment in the country and the region. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • PartnerRe - GEM renew commitment to deliver innovative tools and products for improved seismic risk assessment

    Latest News PartnerRe - GEM renew commitment to deliver innovative tools and products for improved seismic risk assessment READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ World leading reinsurer PartnerRe has renewed its partnership with GEM as Advisor Sponsor for the next three years (2021-2023). The renewal came on the heels of a successful collaboration from 2018-2020 that mutually enhanced the capabilities of both organizations to assess and manage risk through open, transparent and collaborative seismic risk assessment at global, regional and national scales. “GEM has really appreciated the strong participation of PartnerRe since 2018 and is looking forward to further strengthening this relationship over the next three years through the development of open models useful for the insurance industry. PartnerRe has been very active in working with GEM’s technical teams and in promoting collaboration as a vital input to the development of GEM’s software and models,” John Schneider, GEM Secretary General. With this renewed collaboration, GEM’s OpenQuake engine and its associated toolkits will continue to be at the forefront of Partner Re’s evaluation of earthquake risk for its insurance clients worldwide. Like GEM, PartnerRe values open, transparent tools and models, which are important in better understanding of the assumptions and sources of uncertainty that are essential in the evaluation and quantification of risks. Paul Della-Marta, Head of Catastrophe Research at PartnerRe said, “PartnerRe remains committed to helping insurers create risk transfer solutions that provide financial protection from the devastating effects of earthquakes. Our partnership with GEM from 2018-2020 has resulted in better understanding of earthquake hazard and risk in South and Central America, helping our clients create more relevant and impactful reinsurance solutions that enable earthquake-hit areas to recover more quickly. This new partnership with GEM will continue to strengthen our ability to fulfill that role. We are proud to support GEM in their goal of worldwide earthquake resilience”. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/3

  • Resilience is in our hand

    Latest News Resilience is in our hand READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ In 2009 you wrote Peace of mind in earthquake country (together with Peter Yanev), which is considered “the bible about earthquake risks”. Why do you think it was so well received by the non-expert public? And based on that experience, how communication should change in order to facilitate a global “understanding of risk” (as suggested in the recent Sendai Framework 2015)? We wrote the book for non-technical people, following the lead from Peter’s 1974 First Edition. We tried to demystify earthquake engineering and make it tangible for everyone. The key is that there are really simple things that can be done to reduce risk, and we wanted to get that message across. In my mind, the key to achieving a ‘global understanding of risk’ is to use consistent simple language across industries, from policy to insurance to engineering – GEM could be a leader in establishing this common terminology. Often developing countries are lagging behind in the process of making their environment safer. To which extent are innovation, sustainability, and open source technology keywords to empower resilience in the most vulnerable regions? Risk for developing countries is usually understood and communicated at the regional level, rather than at the building-specific level. We have to get knowledge about individual risks into the hands of people that can do something about it. Regional planning and policy can only go so far. This is a great opportunity for GEM. Through technology and open source tools we are now better able to capture and communicate site-specific information, empowering the owners of that risk. This will drive resilience which will drive sustainability – what is the carbon footprint of a major earthquake? The positive cycle of encouraging insurance coverage for buildings in order to spread the risk and make premiums more affordable often disregards incentives to take measures for loss prevention. How do you think insurance schemes should address the issue of prevention?This touches on one of the greatest opportunities in earthquake risk reduction. Earthquake insurance is generally priced on the mean, with significant cross-subsidization. The good risks pay for the bad, and there is little incentive for improvement at the building level. (If home prices were based on the neighborhood mean, the incentives to put in that new kitchen would certainly change!). Again, this is a great opportunity for GEM. If we can connect risk at the building scale to portfolio exposure and therefore insurance pricing, we can create financial incentives for resilience. Retrofitting costs are unaffordable in many countries of the world. Which can be the solution for this problem? Can open data in some way ease this process?Open data, at the building-level scale, will empower people to do something. Data on the overall risk at the regional level helps, but we really need to find a way to inform people as to their risk, not the average risk profile for their city. Business continuity is crucial in the post-earthquake phase and securing your buildings and installations is critical. Can you give me a measure of the cost-benefit ratio of retrofitting a working environment? The opportunity here is to balance business continuity costs with insurance and real estate costs. It makes no sense to view these disciplines in isolation, although this is often the case. Business continuity and insurance costs should reflect more resilient construction and this reduction in costs should incentivize better real estate standards. Looking at these disciplines together, I have rarely seen payback periods greater than 3 years for major retrofit or resilient design enhancements. How do you think private sector, and specifically engineering companies like ARUP, can play a role in risk reduction? Engineering companies typically understand risk at the building-scale. Modeling and insurance companies typically understand risk at the portfolio scale. Engineers need to get better at portfolio analysis to have greater impact (and insurers need to get better at building analysis) and Arup is heading in that direction. In 2013 ARUP was the first engineering firm to join GEM. Can you make a round-up of the past 2 years of collaboration?It has been a fantastic opportunity for Arup to be a supporter of GEM, and for me personally to be involved in such an important effort. What I mentioned in 2013 still holds, “by combining our global engineering expertise with seismological and financial aspects of the model, we will help quantify the benefits of risk mitigation, help create financial incentives for earthquake resiliency and thus save lives”. How can the engineering sector benefit from open source software like the OpenQuake-Engine or specific tools destined to structural assessment, retrofitting and reconstruction?GEM can help the engineering sector perform portfolio analysis based on their detailed understanding of earthquake risk at the building scale. This will incentivize risk-differentiated insurance pricing, which will incentive resilience. Andrew Thompson ran the Global Catastrophe Risk & Insurance practice at Arup, and represented Arup on the governing board of GEM from 2013 - 2015. He recently left Arup to start a technology company that quantifies earthquake risk at the building scale to help insurers better manage their portfolio exposure. Andrew holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Improving Post-Disaster Damage Data Collection to Inform Decision-Making Final Report

    Publications SHORT INTRO Collection of damage data following major disaster events is a fundamental exercise for a multitude of purposes, such as emergency management, resource allocation, fund mobilization and reconstruction planning. The processes involved, and scales of damage asse [..] ALL DETAILS Improving Post-Disaster Damage Data Collection to Inform Decision-Making Final Report Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. page Improving Post-Disaster Damage Data Collection to Inform Decision-Making Final Report 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. Academia Engineering, Government NGO Insurance Other arrow&v

  • Global Parametrics joins GEM to develop open earthquake models for use in catastrophe modelling

    Latest News Global Parametrics joins GEM to develop open earthquake models for use in catastrophe modelling READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ GEM welcomes Global Parametrics (GP) as Advisor Sponsor. GP is an innovative insurance solutions provider and risk manager with a focus on developing countries and underserved sectors. Launched in July of 2016 with support from Germany’s KfW via the InsuResilience Investment Fund, and the UK's Department for International Development, Global Parametrics aims to redefine the market for disaster preparedness and response through alternative risk transfer, emerging market finance, climate and seismic modelling, asset management, startups and public-private partnerships. “GEM is happy to collaborate with Global Parametrics because of our shared interest and commitment to use open data and transparent earthquake risk analysis tools such as GEM’s OpenQuake engine, to develop financial and insurance products to help small and micro financial institutions in times of disasters,'' John Schneider, GEM Secretary General. Global Parametrics CEO, Hector Ibarra was one of the guest speakers during the launch of GEM’s Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk maps in December 2018 in Pavia, Italy. He presented an overview of Global Parametrics’ vision and current work program. “We are proud to be part of the GEM family. We believe that our collaboration to develop open models and to promote transparency in risk assessment can broaden our reach and help address the insurance protection gap in developing countries as well as provide more security to institutions, risk aggregators and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) that provide services to poor and vulnerable populations in emerging markets,” Hector Ibarra, CEO Global Parametrics. About Global Parametrics GP is an innovative public-private approach that secures early access to capital and timely financing when disaster strikes. It designs and deploys structured financial solutions for institutional clients in emerging markets. The provision of these services contributes to a virtuous circle of more resilient businesses, communities and economies. Global Parametrics is supported by leading players in the public and private sectors. The first seed investments were provided by KfW’s InsuResilience Investment Fund and the UK’s Department for International Development. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • PartnerRe joins GEM as Private Sponsor

    Latest News PartnerRe joins GEM as Private Sponsor READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ GEM welcomes PartnerRe as a new Private sponsor and its support to promote a better understanding of earthquake risk and an improved capability to assess and manage risk through open, transparent and collaborative seismic risk assessment at global, regional and national scales. “Our organizations are bound by common values and a shared vision for a safe and earthquake-resilient world. Together, we are confident of developing better information on seismic risk, and delivering innovative tools and products for improved seismic risk assessment,” John Schneider – GEM Secretary General. GEM’s OpenQuake engine and its associated toolkits will enable PartnerRe to better evaluate the earthquake risk for their insurance clients worldwide. Like GEM, PartnerRe values open, transparent tools and models, which lead to a better understanding of the assumptions and sources of uncertainty that are essential in the evaluation and quantification of risks. Paul Della-Marta, Head of Catastrophe Research at PartnerRe said, “As a world leader in reinsurance, PartnerRe helps insurers create risk transfer solutions that provide financial protection from the devastating effects of earthquakes. By combining rich seismic data with our own deep understanding of earthquake risk, we can help our clients create more relevant and impactful reinsurance solutions that enable earthquake-hit areas to recover more quickly.” “This new partnership with GEM further strengthens our ability to fulfil that role. We are particularly impressed by GEM’s collaborative, interactive approach in working with its stakeholders, and are proud to support GEM in their goal of worldwide earthquake resilience”. GEM is set to formally welcome PartnerRe at its next Governing Board meeting in June this year. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • GEM announces new partnerships and projects in the second half of 2019

    Latest News GEM announces new partnerships and projects in the second half of 2019 READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ GEM is proud to announce it’s new partnerships with the private sector in the second half of 2019: Swiss Re, Guy Carpenter and EdF/CEA. Swiss Re has joined the GEM family as an Advisor. Swiss Re first supported GEM through Swiss Re Foundation by funding the South America Risk Assessment (SARA) Project, which focused on assessing earthquake hazard and risks to the Andean Mountains Region of the South American continent. The SARA Project was implemented from 2013 - 2015, resulting in improved understanding of earthquake risk and a wide range of collaborations with academic institutions, governments and the private sector in the region, particularly in Colombia, Ecuador and Chile. Swiss Re has also collaborated with GEM in the past year to evaluate the use of GEM hazard and risk models for reinsurance applications. The new sponsorship signals a longer term commitment to the use of GEM software tools, data and models as part of their in-house modelling capability. Guy Carpenter, a world leader in reinsurance broking, strategic advisory services, and analytics, has also joined GEM as an Advisor for the next three years. Guy Carpenter will use GEM’s OpenQuake software, tools and data as part of their in-house earthquake modelling and evaluation capability. They will also work with GEM to promote and disseminate the use of GEM products to their clients globally. A project with Électricité de France (EDF), a nuclear electric power generation company and France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) will start in the second half of 2019. GEM will collaborate with the two agencies and provide OpenQuake tools and advice on earthquake hazard assessment to the nuclear energy development sector in France. EdF and CEA are using OpenQuake for research into earthquake hazard assessment for nuclear power plant design and safety assessment. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS swissrepng edf-ceapng guycarppng 1/3