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  • News Briefs: December 2021 Topiqs Newsletter

    Latest News News Briefs: December 2021 Topiqs Newsletter READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ Nasdaq Risk Modelling for Catastrophes London Market event On September 16th, Nasdaq featured a video of John Schneider presenting GEM’s open, transparent and collaborative modeling approach, not-for-profit status and global capabilities in earthquake modelling. John also presented models that were already available in Oasis format and the work done to ensure the model results, global maps and the underlying models and databases utilized the best available and publicly accessible information, including from hundreds of local and regional experts. Watch the video at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xhwfImSqlDBGSH2r3N994aGDffmLXpO4/view . More information about GEM models available on the platform at https://www.nasdaq.com/solutions/global-earthquake-model-gem . 2nd International Virtual Workshop on Global Seismology & Tectonics In September, GEM’s Kendra Johnson, Shreyasvi Chandrasekhar and Marco Pagani participated in the 2nd International Virtual Workshop on Global Seismology and Tectonics (IVWGST‐2021). Kendra presented an Introduction to Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA) on September 23rd, and Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA) input model on September 24th with Shreyasvi. Marco presented an Introduction to the OpenQuake Engine on September 28th. The lecture sessions aim to impart important information on emergent and impending topics of Seismology and Tectonics, involving case studies from seismically active zones of the world. The Webinar Series, held from 20-30 September 2021 was organized by the Geoscience & Technology Division North East Institute of Science & Technology (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research) Jorhat, Assam, India. Participants came from diverse geoscience disciplines and institutes across the world, including the United States Geological Survey, Norwegian Seismic Array (NORSAR), National Center for Seismology, Geological Survey of India, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, CSIR – North East Institute of Science and Technology, University of Bristol, University of Malta, Australian National University, Tohoku University, King Abdullah University, University of Ljubljana, Boston College, Indian Institute of Technology – Guwahati and National Institute of Technology, Agartala, India. World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (17WCEE) At the 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (17WCEE) held on September 28th , Vitor Silva presented GEM and participated in the special session on safer and earthquake-resistant housing organized by EERI and IAEE's World Housing Encyclopedia. The session featured a panel discussion and five other presentations from Svetlana Brzev (Univ of BC), Amit Kumar (AKAH), Manuel A. Lopez Menjivar (Univ de El Salvador), Lars Abrahamczyk (Bauhaus-Univ Weimar) and Dominic Lang (NGI). EPICentre University College London webinar On September 25th , GEM's Vitor Silva and Anirudh Rao participated in an EPICentre UCL webinar. They presented the use of rapid earthquake damage evaluation based on earth observation data and machine learning. They concluded that synthetic aperture radar (SAR)-derived damage proxy maps (DPMs) can form a valuable input for a rapid post-earthquake damage assessment framework, and that combining optical-EO imagery and SAR in a workflow could improve prediction accuracy in the future. Watch the recording at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RJOYhBU3Bo&t=4s . ImageCat Inhance Data Partner Technical webinar On November 4th, GEM presented an overview of GEM's earthquake hazard and risk models, with a focus on earthquake hazard and risk data that is being made available through Inhance. John Schneider provided a brief introduction to GEM and its collaborative and open approach to building models for the disaster risk reduction community. Marco Pagani described how the global mosaic of hazard models was developed and described the various layers of hazard information that are available. Vitor Silva gave an overview of GEM's global risk model - comprising hazard, exposure and vulnerability layers - and described the exposure and loss information that is available through Inhance. Watch the recording at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UqVnDCkT-AJzB2tOYpuuMeM1vIxNUox4/view?usp=sharing . More information at http://www.inhancedata.com/ . European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction: How can science and technology help us in better assessing disaster impacts? On November 26th, Vitor Silva presented the ‘Common terminology for exposure and vulnerability data applied to disaster loss data’ at this year’s virtual European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction . The presentation was part of the topic “How can science and technology help us in better assessing disaster impacts?”. Vitor emphasized that defining a common taxonomy would enhance the standardization and the interoperability of disaster risk reduction datasets avoiding redundant and expensive data collection activities. Vitor further added that this common taxonomy could also be used to collect and store data from past events. The event was held from 24 - 26 November in Matosinhos, Portugal, organised by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia; Portuguese National Authority for Civil Protection; and European Commission Council of Europe. GEM Governing Board meeting The GEM Secretariat successfully held the Governing Board meeting on 29 November and from 2-3 December 2021. The meeting, held virtually via Zoom, was highlighted by the presentation of the GEM Strategic Plan and Roadmap to 2030 (more about the Strategic Plan and Roadmap to 2030 in the InFocus section), GEM accomplishments over the last six months and updates from GEM partners and collaborators. The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) also formally awarded the Outstanding Earthquake Spectra Paper for 2020 to GEM during the meeting (more on this story in the Top Story section). GEM products availability South Africa and Colombia models on Nasdaq Risk Catastrophe Modelling platform The GEM Colombia model is based upon GEM’s regional model for South America first developed from 2013 to 2015 within the South America Risk Assessment (SARA) project funded by the Swiss Re Foundation and updated in 2018. This model has been further improved with local information, such as local construction practices, replacement costs and level of enforcement of the seismic regulations. GEM’s South Africa earthquake risk model was generated using the hazard model for South Africa developed by the South Africa Council for Geoscience as the national hazard model, and for input to South Africa building design regulations. The vulnerability and exposure models and data were developed by GEM and cover the residential, commercial and industrial building stock. The risk model may be used to assess potential financial losses to commercial, industrial and residential buildings due to earthquake ground shaking. For more details, visit https://www.nasdaq.com/solutions/global-earthquake-model-gem . Global Simplified Earthquake Hazard Data on Oasis Hub GEM’s global simplified earthquake hazard map is now available on Oasis Hub. The Simplified map is a version of the full Global Earthquake Hazard Map intended for applications where quantitative analysis of hazard or risk is not required. For more details, visit: https://oasishub.co/dataset/global-simplified-seismic-hazard-map . Download the brochure here . GEM staff movement Our heartfelt thanks to Robin Gee for her contributions to GEM and we wish her continued success at Partner Re, where she will liaise with GEM as a GEM sponsor. Robin was a member of the Hazard Team for more than five years. She will be replaced by Manuela Villani as a hazard modeller. Manuela comes to GEM as the earthquake hazard team leader at Arup in London, where she will continue to work on a part time basis. Manuela joined the hazard team in November. Welcome to the family Manuela! GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/6

  • Understanding seismic risk through capacity development and knowledge sharing webinar draws hundreds of participants from around the world

    Latest News Understanding seismic risk through capacity development and knowledge sharing webinar draws hundreds of participants from around the world READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation TREQ Project, with support from USAID, presented the progress of the urban earthquake hazard and risk assessments, and capacity development efforts in Quito (Ecuador), Cali (Colombia) and Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic) on July 9th 2021 via Zoom webinar. The event featured the USGS earthquake hazard- and consequences-driven scenarios for the pilot cities, the results of the OpenQuake engine training in hazard and risk assessment, and lessons from the integration of TREQ’s educational and training materials into university courses. Building on the success of the collaborative efforts of the South America Risk Assessment project (SARA) in 2013 and Central America and the Caribbean Risk Assessment project (CCARA) in 2017, the TREQ team, in collaboration with local experts from Quito, Cali and Santiago de los Caballeros, are updating the hazard and risk models of the pilot cities using more detailed hazard and risk information. The project results are expected to set the foundation for enhancing earthquake hazard and risk assessment in other cities and urban areas in the region. The results of the study will be open and accessible to a wide-range of users – from risk analysts, emergency planners and managers to researchers, modelers and the public at large. While most of the models will be available, there will be some limitations due to privacy considerations of local governments. Since 2020, the TREQ team has trained more than 400+ individuals from almost 60 countries - the majority from the countries where the pilot studies are located, namely Ecuador, Colombia and Dominican Republic - and produced training and educational materials that are being adapted for university courses through the project’s Training the Trainers component. Below is some of the feedback from the stakeholders. "I really liked the experience and I would like to take this workshop to my students of the Master's Degree in Earthquake Engineering so that we can do research projects." - Maribel Guzman, PUCMM, Dominican Republic. "Delighted with the information presented and the material is excellent, including the modeling software" - Hernán Suárez, Risk Management Unit - Municipality of Quito, Ecuador "Congratulations on the development of the tool and your training! Very, very interesting and useful." - Srahyrlandy Rocio Díaz, Risk management secretariat, Cali, Colombia. More than 240 individuals participated from around the world and across various sectors in the webinar held on July 9th, 2021. The event was streamed live on Facebook in English and Spanish. For more information, visit the event page at https://www.globalquakemodel.org/treq-project-webinar-2021 . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Africa Earthquake Model | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Products Africa Earthquake Model Product type Model Now DESCRIPTION The Africa Earthquake Hazard and Risk model underpin the African portion of GEM’s global maps released in December 2018. The Africa Model is composed of North Africa, West Africa, Eastern Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa regional models. Hazard, Risk The Africa Earthquake Hazard and Risk model underpin the African portion of GEM’s global maps released in December 2018. The Africa 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. Maintained by GEM Product type Model Availability Now View Documentation Request an NDA Product restrictions As defined in regional models License type As defined in regional models 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.

  • Africa Earthquake Model

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Africa Earthquake Model 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.

  • Comunicación y Formación en la Evaluación de Riesgos por Terremotos (TREQ) - Global Earthquake Model

    Projects Proyecto TREQ Comunicación y Formación en la Evaluación de Riesgos por Terremotos (TREQ) All Publications Conference Social Media Meeting Training News Video Newsletter Website Photo Workshop 1 2 3 4 5 1 ... 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ... 7 Gallery Más fotos de TREQ aquí Álbum de Facebook Gallery TREQ - Guayaquil Reuniones en Guayaquil Gallery TREQ - Quito Kickoff Inicio del proyecto de marzo de 2020 PROFILE ANTECEDENTES El Proyecto TREQ está diseñado para demostrar cómo la evaluación de peligros y riesgos de terremotos puede informar a los tomadores de decisiones sobre el desarrollo de políticas de reducción de riesgos, así como cómo el riesgo de terremotos puede comunicarse adecuadamente a las partes interesadas y al público en general. Específicamente, el proyecto tiene como objetivo desarrollar la capacidad para la evaluación del riesgo de terremotos urbanos en América Latina (Quito (Ecuador), Cali (Colombia) y Santiago de los Caballeros (República Dominicana), mientras que la segunda parte producirá materiales de capacitación, educación y comunicación que mejorará la comprensión del riesgo de terremotos en todo el mundo. Este programa está dirigido a un amplio espectro de partes interesadas, categorizadas en cuatro grupos principales: gobernanza (tomadores de decisiones / autoridades públicas), industria (practicantes y profesionales), academia (investigadores y profesores) y la comunidad. SOCIO FINANCIADOR El proyecto TREQ, que se ejecuta desde 2020-2021, está financiado por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), una agencia independiente del gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos que es principalmente responsable de administrar la ayuda exterior civil y la asistencia para el desarrollo. UBICACION COLABORADORES Ecuador Municipalidad de Quito Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN) Instituto Geofísico (IG) Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de Pichincha (CICP) Dominican Republic Servicio Geológico Nacional (SGN) Oficina Nacional de Evaluación Sísmica y Vulnerabilidad de Infraestructuras y Edificaciones (ONESVIE) Comité Técnico Nacional (CTN) Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) Colombia Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC) Departamento Administrativo de Planeación Municipal (DAPM), Cali Unidad Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres (UNGRD) Universidad EAFIT, Medellin Costa Rica Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) Mexico Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) Benefic iarios Este programa está dirigido a un amplio espectro de partes interesadas, que se pueden clasificar en cuatro grupos principales: el gobierno local (los tomadores de decisiones y las autoridades públicas), la industrial (profesionales en materia de amenaza y riesgo), la academia ( investigadores y profesores) y la comunidad en general. ​ Patrocinador La Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) es una agencia independiente del gobierno federal de los Estados Unidos que se encarga principalmente de administrar la ayuda extranjera civil y la asistencia para el desarrollo. ​ Duración 2020 – 2021 TREQ Programa de capacitación La capacitación en línea de OpenQuake está diseñada para una audiencia con antecedentes y experiencia diversos. Comprueba lo que viene. Leer Más Suscríbase a las actualizaciones del proyecto TREQ TREQ se lanzará formalmente en Quito, Ecuador en marzo de 2020. Regístrese para recibir actualizaciones futuras sobre las actividades del proyecto. Suscribirse

  • Earthquake Science for re/insurance decision makers

    Latest News Earthquake Science for re/insurance decision makers READ MORE Photo caption: Leveraging GEM vulnerability database in loss modelling: a comprehensive approach towards risk quantification. GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS Leveraging GEM vulnerability database in loss modelling: a comprehensive approach towards risk quantification. On September 23rd Willis Towers Watson - Willis Research Network organized a webinar on Earthquake science for (re)insurance decision-makers: Bridging the Gap Between Academia and Industry where close to 200 attendees participated. The webinar featured GEM’s Marco Pagani and Vitor Silva to discuss how the industry can leverage the latest research outputs from GEM. Marco Pagani, GEM Hazard Team Coordinator discussed leveraging the GEM model for probabilistic loss estimation and presented the GEM Global Earthquake Model 2020 updates and future program. Vitor Silva, GEM Risk Team Coordinator presented the GEM exposure and vulnerability updates with focus on a region where GEM has utilized high resolution data for model development, and on non-residential areas to highlight relevance to the insurance industry. Marco and Vitor were joined by Myrto Papaspiliou, Massimiliano Arizzi and Crescenzo Petrone - Willis Re’s earthquake experts who further discussed scientific developments in seismic hazard and risk analysis, and their translation into (re)insurance business applications. After presenting and discussing how to use GEM exposure and vulnerability databases to enhance loss assessment and leverage GEM model for probabilistic loss estimation, the panelists arrived at two conclusions: - analytics and the input from academia will play a significant role in managing risk under current market conditions; and - leveraging GEM outputs in business decision-making can significantly improve capital management and control earnings volatility. For more details on the webinar, visit WTW’s blog at https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en-GB/Insights/2020/11/earthquake-science-for-re-insurance-decision-makers . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/3

  • Western Africa | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Products Western Africa Product type Model Now DESCRIPTION Western 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. Hazard The Western Africa model (WAF) was developed internally by GEM. The model encompasses the whole Atlantic side of the Africa continent. An ad-hoc homogenised earthquake catalogue was developed based on globally available information, which was used as primary base for seismic occurrence analysis and the subsequent development of the source zonation model. Maintained by GEM Product type Model Availability Now View Documentation Request an NDA Product restrictions Open By Attribution and Share-Alike but not for commercial use License type CC BY-NC-SA Request for Commercial License Request for Commercial Use Exposure Exposure data for Admin level 1 for population, commercial, industrial and residential buildings Maintained by GEM Product type Model Availability Now View Documentation Request an NDA Product restrictions Open By Attribution and Share-Alike but not for commercial use License type CC BY-NC-SA Request for Commercial License Request for Commercial Use Vulnerability Vulnerability curves for all building classes Maintained by GEM Product type Model 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 Country Profiles Title Status Angola In progress Cameroon In progress Gabon In progress Guinea In progress Guinea-Bissau In progress Liberia Available Mali In progress Mauritania Available eSwatini In progress 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 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.

  • Malaysian delegates visit GEM to explore future seismic hazard and risk assessment collaboration

    Latest News Malaysian delegates visit GEM to explore future seismic hazard and risk assessment collaboration READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ Malaysian delegates from the University of Technology Malaysia, University of Malaya and the Malaysia National Energy Company visited GEM’s headquarters in Pavia, Italy on 20th April to learn more about GEM’s earthquake analysis tools – OpenQuake/hazard and risk toolkits, current projects, and future plans and to explore potential areas for collaboration. Dr. Azlan Adnan of the University of Technology Malaysia led the delegation composed of Dr. Mohd Zamri, Dr. Hanafi Yusop, Dr. Zainul Mamat, Dr. Mushairry Mustaffar, Dr. Ramli Nazir and Dr. Mohd Nadzari Ismail. They expressed interest to learn more about GEM’s earthquake studies and to discuss further collaboration work. The delegates were also joined by Dr. Masyhur Irsyam of Indonesia Bandung University. GEM Secretary General, John Schneider and team leaders from hazard, risk, social vulnerability and information technology and development welcomed the delegates. Presentation of the OpenQuake features, current projects, and future plans highlighted the half-day meeting. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS Add a Title Describe your image Add a Title Describe your image Add a Title Describe your image Add a Title Describe your image 1/12

  • Scientific Collaboration a vital element for productivity

    Latest News Scientific Collaboration a vital element for productivity READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ In this story, GEM interviewed Phil Cummins of Geoscience Australia to get to know how he got started with earthquake hazard and risk modelling, his insights, perspectives on the impact of GEM on earthquake hazard model development, the importance of supporting GEM initiatives and the importance of its work especially in places in the world where earthquake risk is very much underappreciated. Here’s an excerpt from his interview entitled: Scientific Collaboration a vital element for productivity. “GEM impacted the way we do work at Geoscience Australia because our partnership with GEM allowed us to focus more on the quality of our data and our data analysis rather than the software development. And this really resulted in a dramatic improvement in the Australian earthquake hazard model.” - Phil Cummins The full story is available at https://www.globalquakemodel.org/gemstories/scientific-collaboration-a-vital-element-for-productivity . If you're a GEM partner and have a story to share that leverages GEM products and expert advice; or concretely showcases GEM impact or use of GEM products in your organization, email us at communication@globalquakemodel.org . We would love to feature your success stories! GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/3

  • GEM and Aon to Collaborate on the Development of a New Earthquake Model for Canada

    Latest News GEM and Aon to Collaborate on the Development of a New Earthquake Model for Canada READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ GEM and Aon’s Impact Forecasting catastrophe model development team have signed a partnership agreement to develop a new earthquake model for Canada based on global collaborative science and the latest publicly available data and information from Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). The new model is expected to be available towards the end of 2019. The partnership will help gain deeper understanding of earthquake risk in Canada. The new model will allow insurance underwriters to more accurate pricing of their insurance products as well as effectively manage their portfolios. Consumers will also benefit because the model is based on openly available data and assumptions that are fully transparent to everyone. The model will be implemented in Impact Forecasting’s risk modeling platform – ELEMENTS – as well as Oasis-based platforms. Impact Forecasting will support the use of the model in the Canadian market, which includes deployment, training and ongoing support. “GEM and Aon both value the importance of transparent and open hazard and risk modeling. We believe that this approach is key to better technical understanding of risk, and directly supports GEM’s initiative to promote the sharing of high quality open risk information globally,” said John Schneider, GEM Secretary General. “We have chosen to partner with GEM because of its global reputation for open and high-quality science and engineering-based risk modelling, combined with their close collaboration with Natural Resources Canada. In addition we are excited to bring enhanced understanding of this earthquake risk to the insurance industry with a goal of ultimately increasing resilience across Canada,” added Adam Podlaha, Head of Aon’s Impact Forecasting team. The model is being developed in phases starting with earthquake shaking including liquefaction, tsunami and other secondary perils. Tsunami modeling will be implemented in collaboration with University College London (UCL). The proposed modeling solution from Impact Forecasting will be based on GEM’s earthquake risk model for Canada, developed in collaboration with NRCan, which officially joined GEM as a public sponsor last year. NRCan leads a consortium of Canadian organizations including Public Safety Canada, Insurance Bureau of Canada, Defence Research and Development Canada, as well as academic and planning professionals. Phil Hill, Director, Geological Survey of Canada-Pacific (NRCan), and GEM Governing Board member for Canada, commented, “The GEM-IF Canada earthquake risk model is an important step in making credible and open disaster risk information available and accessible in Canada.” GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0