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  • Can we test for the maximum possible earthquake magnitude?

    Publications SHORT INTRO We explore the concept of maximum possible earthquake magnitude, M, in a region represented by an earthquake catalog from the viewpoint of statistical testing. For this aim, we assume that earthquake magnitudes are independent events that follow a doubly trunc [..] ALL DETAILS Can we test for the maximum possible earthquake magnitude? Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. page Can we test for the maximum possible earthquake magnitude? 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 Academia Engineering, Government NGO Insurance Other arrow&v

  • Insurance for Natural Perils – A Solution for Nepal?

    Latest News Insurance for Natural Perils – A Solution for Nepal? READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The government of Nepal recently conducted its annual RISK2RESILIENCE conference with the theme: International Conference on Experience of Earthquake Risk Management, Preparedness and Reconstruction in Nepal. The event, held from 18-20 June in Kathmandu, was jointly organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET). The conference gathered some 240 people comprised of 40 international professionals from 13 different countries and about 200 individuals composed of government officials, DRR experts, practitioners and academia who participated and shared their ideas and views as speakers, presenters and panelists. The event aimed to critically look back at what has been collectively done on Earthquake Risk Reduction and Preparedness in Nepal in the past decades in light of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake; to critically examine the experience as well as the progress of Earthquake Reconstruction to date; and to help set the Way Forward in the Long Journey of Disaster Risk Management in Nepal. Anselm Smolka, GEM Special Advisor and former Secretary General, participated in the event presenting his insights on how insurance can help Nepal cope with natural perils in the future under the ‘Setting the Future’ keynote session. He also emphasized GEM’s work in promoting earthquake resilience worldwide through high quality open tools and open data. Anselm believes that given the large insurance gap demonstrated by the Gorkha earthquake and Terai Floods, Nepal presents a typical case for non-traditional insurance products. He recommended several options such as microinsurance for rural areas and insurance pool for urban regions. Microinsurance would cover poor or moderately poor people, while insurance pool would cover those residing in the cities and urbanized areas. Anselm added that the end goal of these non-traditional insurance products is disaster relief and recovery. On the last day, Mr. Prem Kumar Rai, Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs remarked that, "This 3-day International Conference has come up with important conclusions and way forward for the country to lessen the adverse impacts of disasters in Nepal based on lessons from the past. I assure you all that the Nepal Government highly acknowledges all these recommendations." (source: NSET) The Risk2Resilience Conference culminated with the approval of the Conference Resolution recommendations endorsed by the participants on how to move forward with Earthquake Risk Management, Preparedness and Reconstruction in Nepal. The resolution can be downloaded here. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • News Briefs: Meetings, Workshops and Conferences July-Sept 2019

    Latest News News Briefs: Meetings, Workshops and Conferences July-Sept 2019 READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ GEM, HannoverRe and SwissRe workshop on GEM risk model development A 2-day workshop on the GEM model development was held from September 12-13 at the GEM office in Pavia, Italy. GEM partners, Hannover Re and Swiss Re participated in the workshop to discuss how OpenQuake earthquake models could be converted into the OASIS Loss Modeling Framework model, comparing the technical requirements and differences in approach between OpenQuake and OASIS. The discussions also touched on the aspects of product completeness, marketing, pricing, licensing, customer support and documentation for commercializing a model. The group also identified the next steps to address technical and licensing issues later this year. COMET-GEM workshop in Leeds Geoscientists from the Centre for Observation and Modeling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET), a consortium of earth science researchers from top UK universities, held a workshop with GEM staff at the University of Leeds, UK. The workshop participants presented recent geoscience, hazard and risk research from around the globe, and then focused on defining a path forward involving COMET-GEM collaborative research and modeling projects for the next few years. USAID and GEM to work on Training and Communication for Earthquake Risk Assessment (TREQ) Project USAID and GEM will work together soon to develop capacity for urban earthquake risk assessment in Latin America, to enhance the understanding of earthquake risk, and to bridge the gap between risk assessment and disaster risk reduction. TREQ is a 2-year project supported by the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance - USAID. The project is set to kick-off in October. Other notable participation of GEM in yearly meetings, workshops and conferences held from June-July on earthquake hazard, engineering, information technology and risk insurance are listed below: Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics-SECED (London, UK) - attended by Vitor Silva, Risk Team Coordinator, is the main forum in the UK for students, academics and practitioners with an interest in earthquakes, blast and other types of dynamic effects. Vitor co-chaired the session on fragility, vulnerability and infrastructure resilience. ​ RedHat OpenShift Commons Gathering (Milan, Italy) - attended by Daniele Vigano, GEM IT Manager and Systems Engineer, brings together experts from all over the world to discuss container technologies, best practices for cloud native application developers and the open source software projects that underpin the OpenShift/Kuberenetes ecosystem. Swiss Impact Investment Association (SIIA) 4th Annual Impact Summit (Zug, Switzerland) - attended by John Schneider, GEM Secretary General, is a forum for brainstorming with impact investment community, entrepreneurs and technical experts/innovators regarding ways to encourage investment in businesses that are aimed at providing solutions to climate change and other global issues. GEM participated in this event to explore strategic partnerships and to better understand investment attitudes in order to position GEM at the forefront of 21st century paradigm shift: from ‘risk and return’ to ‘risk, return and impact’ . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Validating Intensity Prediction Equations for Italy by Observations

    Publications SHORT INTRO The engineering seismology community has recently recognized the importance of validating the performance of predictive models for seismic hazard by independent observations, yielding a number of studies on the relative performance of ground-motion prediction [..] ALL DETAILS Validating Intensity Prediction Equations for Italy by Observations Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. page Validating Intensity Prediction Equations for Italy by Observations 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 Academia Engineering, Government NGO Insurance Other arrow&v

  • GEM-PEER Task 3 Project: Selection of a Global Set of Ground Motion Prediction Equations

    Publications SHORT INTRO Ground motion prediction equations (GMPEs) relate ground motion intensitymeasures to variables describing earthquake source, path, and site effects. Frommany available GMPEs, we select those models recommended for use in seismichazard assessments in the Global [..] ALL DETAILS GEM-PEER Task 3 Project: Selection of a Global Set of Ground Motion Prediction Equations Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. page GEM-PEER Task 3 Project: Selection of a Global Set of Ground Motion Prediction Equations 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 Academia Engineering, Government NGO Insurance Other arrow&v

  • New guidelines for contributing to the GEM Global Active Faults Database

    Latest News New guidelines for contributing to the GEM Global Active Faults Database READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ New guidelines for contribution to the GEM Global Active Faults Database have been published on GitHub. They are reproduced below. The GEM GAF-DB is a public, open-data project and contribution is quite welcome. The GEM GAF-DB is a compilation of a set of regional and global fault datasets; most of these are not produced by GEM, but instead have been collected from external sources. The final database is built with a Python script that handles the compilation. Therefore, there is no single, permanent dataset that one can modify to contribute. Instead, contribution can take several forms: Addition to the 'miscellaneous' dataset . This dataset is intended to capture individual faults that are not present in the regional dataset for an area, though the dataset has worldwide scope. If you have studied a fault that isn't present, or you have new data on a fault that is already present, this is likely the best option. Modification of a regional dataset . This option is best if you have data for faults in an area that is covered by one of the fault catalogs maintained by GEM or that is otherwise open for modification (e.g., HimaTibetMap or the Active Tectonics of the Andes catalogs). Addition of a new regional dataset . If you have a dataset that covers some region with higher fidelity or more data than the existing coverage of that region, it's easy to incorporate this data into the GAF-DB compilation. For the full information, click here . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/2

  • TREQ OpenQuake Online Training: Earthquake Scenarios - Ground Motion Fields

    Latest News TREQ OpenQuake Online Training: Earthquake Scenarios - Ground Motion Fields READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The GEM TREQ project team successfully conducted its full OpenQuake online training on September 18th after a series of pilot activities over the last two months. Participants from Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Dominican Republic, Mexico and El Salvador participated in the online training. Catalina Yepes and Alejandro Calderon led and facilitated the first of two sessions for Module II – Part 1: Earthquake Scenarios - Ground Motion Fields. Part 2 is scheduled on September 25th. The Ground Motion Fields session covered concepts in seismic faults, ground shaking intensity, ground motion models (GMPEs) and ground motion fields (GMFs). Facilitators presented and demonstrated how to model a fault rupture in OpenQuake, how to prepare the required input files, how to run various examples, and how to compare results based on the modelling assumptions. A participant from Costa Rica, who has attended previous workshops in person commented “…the workshops have been very good. The online modality has been better than expected. If the sessions are converted into video materials, they would be useful!”. The GEM Risk Team has produced complementary video materials for the workshops, already available on GEM’s YouTube Channe l and currently in use in courses at EAFIT University and University of El Salvador. As part of TREQ’s activities to promote the project, Alejandro Calderon gave a presentation on "Seismic risk assessment using free access tools" upon the invitation of the College of Civil Engineers of Tijuana, through their Center of Continuing Education in Civil Engineering. The webinar was held on August 17, 2020. You can find the presentation (in Spanish) in the following links: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=645872479660150&extid=JDZeCTimaTc3IOed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-n3dXevUSY&t=29s The OpenQuake online training initiative is part of the TREQ project activities, led by the GEM Foundation and funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). It is designed to build the capacity of risk professionals with a diverse background and expertise, on earthquake risk assessment and the use of the basic features of the OpenQuake engine. Download the PDF brochure to learn more about the topics and upcoming schedules. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/2

  • With GEM’s OpenQuake platform, EAFIT experts measure seismic risks and suggest measures for their reduction

    Latest News With GEM’s OpenQuake platform, EAFIT experts measure seismic risks and suggest measures for their reduction READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The OpenQuake training, facilitated by GEM, was held in Medellin, Colombia from June 6-7. The event composed of a seminar and training, provided a venue for updating and discussing recent advances in seismic risk assessment and its applications in decision making, seeking to improve resilience to earthquakes. Several exhibitors presented advances related to seismic risk and its evaluation in Colombia during the seminar, which was primarily aimed at the leaders of the different sectors related to risk: government entities, private sector and engineering guilds. GEM seismic risk engineers trained EAFIT experts in integrated assessment of seismic risk using OpenQuake. Participants experienced first hand exploring the databases and tools developed by GEM to assess seismic risk, and learned to carry out step-by-step assessment of seismic risk in specific scenarios or probabilistic analysis. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • What Drives Seismic Risk in New Zealand? Insights from a next generation loss model

    Publications SHORT INTRO New Zealand's exposure to seismic hazard has been highlighted dramatically in recent years through the Canterbury Earthquake sequence (CES) from 2010 to present, and the near-misses for Wellington during the Cook Strait earthquakes in 2013. These events have g [..] ALL DETAILS What Drives Seismic Risk in New Zealand? Insights from a next generation loss model Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. page What Drives Seismic Risk in New Zealand? Insights from a next generation loss model 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 Academia Engineering, Government NGO Insurance Other arrow&v

  • Country Risk Profiles (v.2018)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Country Risk Profiles (v.2018) Product Additional Requests Sector 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.