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  • Africa Earthquake Model (Risk) | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Products Africa Earthquake Model (Risk) Product type Model Now DESCRIPTION The Africa Earthquake Risk model underpin the African portion of GEM’s global risk maps released in December 2018. The Africa Risk Model is composed of North, West, Central, East and South regional models, developed in collaboration with various African public and private institutions, national governments, and individual experts using the OpenQuake engine. 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.

  • Africa Earthquake Model (Hazard) | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Products Africa Earthquake Model (Hazard) Product type Model Now DESCRIPTION The Africa Earthquake Hazard model underpin the African portion of GEM’s global hazard map released in December 2018. The Africa Hazard Model is composed of North Africa, West Africa, Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa regional models, developed in collaboration with various African public and private institutions, national governments, and individual experts using the OpenQuake engine. 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.

  • Local solutions to global problems: reducing disaster risk through collaboration and openness

    Latest News Local solutions to global problems: reducing disaster risk through collaboration and openness READ MORE Photo caption: TREQ Team meeting with engineers of the Municipality of Quito, Ecuador. GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS TREQ Team meeting with engineers of the Municipality of Quito, Ecuador. October 13, 2021. Pavia. The 2021 edition of IDDR Day focuses on ‘International cooperation for developing countries to reduce their disaster risk and disaster losses.’ - the sixth of the Sendai Seven targets. GEM’s work over the past decade in developing countries has accelerated the assessment of risk and incorporation of risk-based decisions into planning and sustainable development by merging the interests of public and private sectors, and collaborating with local governments. John Schneider, GEM Secretary General, underscores GEM’s collaborative and inclusive approach by saying that “GEM develops trust with local partners and stakeholders through projects that provide technical support and training on the use and application of GEM models, tools and methodologies. We ensure that local scientists, experts and local decision-makers are involved from the start.” Most recently, GEM’s Training and Communication for Earthquake Risk Assessment or TREQ Project, funded by USAID, has demonstrated this by GEM working together with local partners in building the capacity for urban earthquake risk assessment in Quito, Ecuador; Cali, Colombia; and Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic. Building on the success of GEM’s previous collaborative efforts in the South America Risk Assessment project (SARA 2013-2016) and Central America and the Caribbean Risk Assessment project (CCARA 2017-2018), the TREQ team, in collaboration with local experts, has updated the hazard and risk models of the pilot cities using more detailed hazard and risk information. Since 2020, the TREQ team has trained close to 400 individuals from almost 60 countries in using OpenQuake for urban earthquake hazard and risk assessments (https://www.training.openquake.org/ ). The project also produced training and educational materials that are being adapted for university courses through the project’s Training the Trainers component . The results* of the TREQ project will be released openly, and will be of interest to a wide-range of users – from risk analysts, emergency planners and managers to researchers, modelers and the public at large. The analysis methods and collaboration approach set the foundation for enhancing earthquake hazard and risk assessment for other cities and urban areas in Central and South America, and may be extended worldwide to cities at risk and in need of assistance. “The TREQ project has served as a venue for thorough discussion and developing skills in the hazard and risk assessment fields in the region. Working groups established in the cities have facilitated the sharing of data, knowledge, methodologies and results between the local partners and GEM scientists. Over the past two years, we have mutually learned from our diverse backgrounds and experiences.” Catalina Yepes, GEM Project Manager on the importance of local collaboration in disaster risk reduction. For other examples of GEM’s collaborative work in disaster risk reduction in developing countries, check the following links below: - Collaborative Risk Assessment for Volcanoes and Earthquakes (CRAVE) - Sub Saharan Earthquake Hazard and Risk Assessment (SSAHARA) - Developing a Disaster Risk Transfer Facility in the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Region (CAREC) - Modelling Exposure Through Earth Observation Routines (METEOR) - South American Risk Assessment (SARA) - Caribbean and Central America Earthquake Risk Assessment (CCARA) More information on UNDRR International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction can be found at https://www.un.org/en/observances/disaster-reduction-day . ----- * While most of the models and datasets will be available, there will be some limitations due to privacy considerations of local governments. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • GEM and Descartes Underwriting announce partnership aiming to revolutionize parametric approach to earthquake risk

    Latest News GEM and Descartes Underwriting announce partnership aiming to revolutionize parametric approach to earthquake risk READ MORE Photo caption: Photo credit: @rhidabels Unsplash.com GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS Photo credit: @rhidabels Unsplash.com By strengthening both organizations’ understanding of earthquake risk, the collaboration seeks to benefit the global earthquake risk management community while supporting fair and transparent parametric insurance structures Descartes’ experience from different specialized markets and expertise from its scientific team will aid model improvement and advance earthquake risk assessment at global, regional, and local levels 18 November, 2021 - Descartes Underwriting , the largest independent parametric insurance provider, has established a partnership with the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation , an international public-private partnership committed to the development of open-source hazard and risk assessment software, tools and data. The GEM Foundation also centers on the application of science to understanding and managing earthquake risk on a global scale. The collaboration aims to accelerate the ‘data to resilience’ continuum by leveraging the state-of-the-art technology behind Descartes’ parametric insurance solutions and GEM’s open, transparent and collaborative approach to earthquake risk analysis at the global, regional, national and local levels. Earthquakes, which made up only 8% of all disasters in the last 20 years, are the deadliest of all sudden disaster events. The peril constitutes one of the top causes of economic disruption and of disaster deaths due to building collapse. Exposure impacts and global ripple effects have been further aggravated in the past decade, where less than one-fifth of all earthquake losses globally were covered by insurance. The collaboration between GEM and Descartes Underwriting seeks to increase the uptake of earthquake insurance and reduce the protection gap in underserved sectors and regions of the world. The joint partnership also supports continued development of fair and transparent parametric insurance structures that ultimately reduce basis risk and bolster resilience for policyholders. “This partnership will provide a framework for both organizations to work together in developing high resolution and scientifically robust earthquake hazard and risk data to meet the needs of public and private sectors for customized and more affordable earthquake insurance products. Our combined efforts can also contribute to better earthquake risk understanding worldwide and better earthquake insurance coverage.” – John Schneider, GEM Secretary General. GEM’s array of earthquake hazard, exposure and vulnerability models as well as OpenQuake software tools can be used to simulate the seismic behavior of buildings, lifelines and critical facilities. In particular, it allows for the assessment of the probability of earthquakes occurring, and the consequent physical damage and economic loss, essential information for implementing a wide range of risk reduction and transfer mechanisms, including parametric insurance. “Partnering with GEM marks a milestone for both organizations and plays a critical role in providing the next generation of earthquake parametric insurance to clients worldwide. Through frictionless and transparent payouts following seismic events, our joint efforts will be instrumental in reducing the earthquake protection gap around the globe” - says Kevin Dedieu, Co-founder and Head of R&D, Descartes Underwriting. About Descartes Underwriting Offering a new generation of technology-driven parametric insurance, Descartes collaborates with brokers to protect their corporate and public sector clients against the full spectrum of natural catastrophe and extreme weather exposures, including earthquake. Descartes’ covers are uniquely designed to supplement gaps left by traditional insurance, providing cost-effective and fully transparent products that guarantee liquidity via swift and direct payout. Born out of the conviction that climate change calls for a revolutionary approach to insurance, Descartes is structured as an MGA backed by a panel of tier-one risk carriers and can provide $200M USD in capacity per policy. Headquartered in Paris, Descartes Underwriting provides parametric solutions to clients globally from its offices based in Singapore, Sydney, New York, Houston, and London. For more information, please visit www.descartesunderwriting.com . Media Contact: Meg Chaperon -Senior Product Marketing & PR Officer, Descartes Underwriting meg.chaperon@descartesunderwriting.com About GEM Foundation GEM was formed in 2009 as a non-profit foundation in Pavia, Italy, funded through a public-private sponsorship with the vision to create a world that is resilient to earthquakes. GEM is funded by public and private institutions globally, and is advised by many international organizations ( https://www.globalquakemodel.org/partners ). GEM is also recognized by the UN as an NGO, operating under UN guidelines for a humanitarian organization. GEM’s mission is to become one of the world’s most complete sources of risk resources and a globally accepted standard for earthquake risk assessment. Further, GEM aims to ensure that its products are applied broadly in disaster risk management/reduction and its services are available and accessible to public, private and academic institutions worldwide. Media Contact: Jephraim Oro - Communications and Web Manager, GEM Foundation jephraim.oro@globalquakemodel.org GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Vitor Silva et al. receive the 2020 Outstanding Paper Award for Development of a Global Seismic Risk Model from Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

    Latest News Vitor Silva et al. receive the 2020 Outstanding Paper Award for Development of a Global Seismic Risk Model from Earthquake Engineering Research Institute READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The paper which describes the Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk maps released by GEM in December 2018, was a result of a long and extensive collaboration with local, national, regional and international institutions worldwide. Download link: https://doi.org/10.1177%2F8755293019899953 Authors: Vitor Silva, Desmond Amo-Oduro, Alejandro Calderon Carpio, Catarina Costa, Jamal Dabbeek, Venetia Despotaki, Luis Martins, Marco Pagani, Anirudh Rao, Michele Simionato, Daniele Viganò, Catalina Yepes Estrada, Ana Beatriz Acevedo, Helen Crowley, Nick Horspool, Kishor Jaiswal, Murray Journeay, Massimiliano Pittore. EERI official announcement: https://www.eeri.org/about-eeri/news/11477-vitor-silva-et-al-receive-2020-outstanding-paper-award-for-development-of-a-global-seismic-risk-model David Wald, Editor-in-Chief, Earthquake Spectra: “This is a wonderful recognition for GEM as a milestone - the global risk model was just a vision—an aspiration—when GEM started. Now it's a reality, that is well summarized by this paper. GEM has really accomplished great things, and this recognition is so well deserved. I think this is going to be a highly cited paper. So for the journal, this is a great paper to have and we're proud to publish it. I congratulate all of you.” EERI citation for the award: The Development of a Global Seismic Risk Model was a mammoth undertaking that involved hundreds of people and for the first time presented a detailed view of seismic risk at the global scale. For some developing countries, this was the first time that a seismic risk map was produced, and the associated country profiles are being used by the local authorities. The development and delivery of a modern global seismic risk model required unprecedented technical, algorithmic, coding, databasing, and collaborative research and development - all well documented by Silva et al. Noting its importance, all three reviewers recommended this seminal paper for an award. Vitor Silva, lead author and GEM Risk Team Coordinator: “On behalf of all the co-authors, I would like to thank all our partners and collaborators for your invaluable contributions. Without your support, this would not have been possible. The collaboration across public, private and academic sectors worldwide has been truly exceptional. We share this award and honor with you.” John Schneider, GEM Secretary General: “It has been more than a decade now since GEM started this initiative. Hundreds of collaborators from diverse organizations around the world worked together for many years to produce the global maps. This award from EERI is another testament to the impact of GEM’s work in the global earthquake hazard and risk assessment space.” This paper was released as a part of the 2020 Earthquake Spectra Special Issue titled GEM's 2018 global hazard and risk models. “Although the paper was released only last year, it has already garnered 44 citations and 1,800 views on the Earthquake Spectra SAGE portal.” - David Wald on the paper’s online performance to date. For more information about the Outstanding Paper Award, visit the EERI awards page . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/1

  • What role will GEM play as the risk landscape and associated demand evolve between now and 2030?

    Latest News What role will GEM play as the risk landscape and associated demand evolve between now and 2030? READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ A world that is resilient to earthquakes and other natural hazards will continue to be GEM’s vision over the next decade. The mission to 2030 also calls for GEM to become a global leader in the integrated, multi-hazard risk assessment and resilience planning domain. GEM’s strategy and roadmap to 2030 is underpinned by the global drivers for disaster risk reduction and sustainability - namely the Sendai Framework, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the Sustainable Development Goals – and by its four core values: openness, collaboration, public good and credibility. GEM’s approach is further placed in the context of the evolution of the science and technology of risk modelling and user needs to address systemic and cascading risks for multi-hazards. GEM plans to maintain its global leadership in earthquake hazard and risk assessment, while at the same time leveraging its broader capabilities, such as in exposure modelling, into partnerships addressing the effects of climate change. GEM will also leverage its public-private partnership approach and collaboration network to support the development of risk solutions and improve resilience including through insurance/risk financing, as well as risk mitigation and reduction through urban planning and building regulation. Watch this space for more updates in early 2022. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/2

  • Updated Africa Exposure Datasets

    Latest News Updated Africa Exposure Datasets READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ Several destructive natural hazards have occurred in Africa over the past century, yet little information is available regarding the distribution of exposure, in terms of human population, buildings and infrastructures for the continent. The high population growth and rapid pace of urbanization within many African countries entail a significant potential for increased economic and human losses, particularly where substantial urban growth encroaches upon hazard-prone regions with inadequate land management and building design regulations. GEM is set to release an updated version of the Africa Exposure datasets, which will be made available soon on GEM’s website. The 2021 version includes the following: Major revision of residential, commercial, and industrial exposure across the continent Detailed review of national and regional statistics on construction materials and costs Spatial disaggregation of exposure to an evenly spaced grid of 144 arcseconds Projection of exposure for future years (5-year increments from 2020 until 2050) Journal paper submitted documenting the development of the new Africa Exposure Model (in press) Methodology The exposure model was developed for the African continent using a consistent approach across all countries. The model uses national statistics at the subnational level, and further disaggregates the exposure based on population distribution to a resolution of 144 arcseconds. Urban and rural buildings are disaggregated in different areas based on regional urban agglomeration data. The exposure was projected for multiple years until 2050 considering both population growth and urban growth in anticipation of the significant population growth and rate of urbanization throughout much of Africa, making the projection of exposure to future decades critical. Results summary (refer to the gallery images) Distribution of the main construction materials across Africa Expected population increase in major regions in the world Top 5 Countries by Building Count Watch this space for the next update. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/7

  • Hazard Information Profiles Launched

    Latest News Hazard Information Profiles Launched READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ This new supplement to the UNDRR-ISC Hazard Definition & Classification Review – Technical Report provides hazard information profiles (HIPs) for 302 hazards of concern for disaster risk reduction efforts. The report and accompanying HIPs are the result of the collaboration of hundreds of scientists globally. GEM hazard scientists Kendra Johnson, Richard Styron and Robin Gee provided the HIPs for earthquakes and associated or triggered hazards, and John Schneider participated in the working group that produced the 2020 report on the “Hazard Definition & Classification Review: Technical Review ". The supplement is the first ever compilation of definitions of over 300 hazards that are relevant to the 2015 United Nations landmark agreements of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. This compilation of existing information provides a starting point for bringing together information on hazards that will need to be regularly reviewed and updated by the relevant international institutions in partnership with the scientific community in order to build an information ecosystem better suited to the risks of today and tomorrow. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/1

  • GEM renews its commitment to help implement the Sendai Framework targets

    Latest News GEM renews its commitment to help implement the Sendai Framework targets READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ GEM launched its Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitment page during this year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebration. With the launch, GEM renewed its commitment to help implement the Sendai Framework targets and to continue its capacity development efforts with local scientists and government partners. The Sendai Framework promotes science to enable effective decision-making in disaster risk management. The Sendai Framework also created a shift from managing disasters to managing risks. To help this process, it promotes “dialogue and cooperation among scientific and technological communities, other relevant stakeholders and policymakers in order to facilitate a science policy interface for effective decision-making in disaster risk management.” Furthermore, it calls to focus on the disaster risk factors and scenarios, including emerging disaster risks, in the medium and long term; to increase research for regional, national and local application; and to support action by local communities and authorities. GEM is aligned with and contributes to the Sendai Framework. GEM is motivated to reduce earthquake risk and improve earthquake risk management especially in areas that are underserved, exposed and vulnerable to seismic risk. The contents of the Sendai Framework have strengthened the importance of our work. To sustain our efforts, GEM has trained people from more than 100 countries advancing earthquake science and engineering, and knowledge-sharing initiatives putting local experts at the forefront of regional and national initiatives in seismic hazard and risk assessments. GEM works in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific sharing knowledge, data and best practices to increase understanding of risk through social media and online channels to bring together international and local stakeholders. Visit our page at https://sendaicommitments.undrr.org/commitments/20210525_001 . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/1

  • Analytics matters: the bedrock of resilience - open source data, risk modelling measurement as a global public good

    Latest News Analytics matters: the bedrock of resilience - open source data, risk modelling measurement as a global public good READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ John Schneider participated in the COP26 Resilience Hub Event: Analytics matters: the bedrock of resilience - open source data, risk modelling measurement as a global public good on November 8th . John shared GEM’s insights on where the provision of open source data can make the most impact to support global resilience and how this can be best delivered to stakeholders. John reiterated that the keys to GEM success to this day is remaining true to its guiding principles of collaboration, credibility, openness and public good. He added, “We believe strongly in thinking globally with respect to the science, the methodology and the tools, but very much acting locally sharing those methodologies, standards and tools and involving local experts to tailor solutions to their situation.” The event featured subject experts from across the public and private sectors, and discussed the state of the art and future of public and private sector physical climate risk modelling and data, including practical examples of how open data sources and models were being, or could be, used to improve climate risk and resilience. The event organized by Willis aimed to promote the benefits of public and private sector collaboration in the development and augmentation of data and models towards specific end user goals, including those aligned to increasing resilience against current and future climate risks at local, subnational, national and regional scales, whether through physical, social, financial or economic mechanisms, or in combination. Global Resilience Index Initiative (GRII) launched The Global Resilience Index Initiative, with GEM as a partner, was officially launched before the main session. The launch included presentations of case studies of practical uses of global physical hazard models as well as the importance of hazard, exposure and risk metrics and standards. This approach will enable consistent approaches to the integration of data and models at different scales, to inform and guide decision makers towards effective risk reduction strategies. Rowan Douglas, who heads the Climate & Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson and is the Chair of IDF Operating Committee and Ex-Officio Member of IDF Steering Committee, gave the launch statement and acknowledged the role of GEM and UNDRR’s GAR (Global Assessment Report) as the building blocks in the creation of GRII, saying that the initiative is not starting from scratch, but heavily leverages what GAR and GEM have already started. Rowan further added GEM’s significant contributions to the creation of GRII, emphasizing that GEM may be focused on earthquakes, but so much of its remaining work is the same with other perils such as the data on the built environment, human systems, fragility and vulnerability, that are important to physical climate risk resilience. Website: https://www.cgfi.ac.uk/global-resilience-index-initiative/ Press release: https://www.cgfi.ac.uk/2021/11/global-resilience-index-initiative-launched/ GRII Intro Video: https://youtu.be/NdJruGmEVw4 GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/1