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  • GEM2020: Year in Review

    Latest News GEM2020: Year in Review READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The year 2020 was a milestone year for GEM, because of the significant advances made in capacity development, new projects and partnerships, products released and participation in virtual events, which were accomplished during a difficult period of time due to the ongoing pandemic. Close to 300 individuals were trained online on seismic hazard and risk analysis using OpenQuake engine software under the USAID-supported TREQ project – officially launched in Quito, Ecuador in March. The online training workshops given in Spanish and English versions reached more than 30 countries worldwide. GEM collaborated with ADB , EdF France , AXA/IDF and the World Bank for various new projects that ranged from developing a new disaster risk transfer facility in Central Asia, to an advanced approach for seismic risk assessment of nuclear power plants; and from building capacity and risk understanding in Georgia to building a public-private partnership to protect public schools from natural hazards in Peru. Five new partners teamed up with GEM to work in several related but different areas of research and application: innovative disaster resilience - One Concern; enhancement of loss modelling capabilities for better decision making - EdF and AXAXL; utilization of seismic sensors to assess building vulnerability - Safehub; and development of high-performance computing in the field of geophysical hazards - CHeeSe. Four public and private institutions also renewed their respective commitments to support GEM in the years ahead. Last July, GEM launched its products and services strategy to reach a wider range of stakeholders. A new Products page was launched in April and has accumulated more than 2800 downloads of open products as of November. On October 13th, UN’s IDRR Day, GEM released seven regional and national earthquake models giving open access to seismic hazard and risk data to the public. In a special edition released on October 22nd, Earthquake Spectra published 16 peer-reviewed papers documenting the GEM2018 earthquake mosaic of models published . On World Bank’s Understanding Risk Forum 10th year anniversary (December 3rd), GEM launched three global earthquake social vulnerability and resilience maps aimed at better understanding the various socio-economic factors that can exacerbate the impact of earthquakes. In addition, GEM also released population and building exposure data for more than 40 countries under the METEOR project. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Vitor put together an experimental map combining COVID-19 statistics over the GEM global earthquake risk map (2018) to show areas where a damaging earthquake could cause increases in COVID-19 cases due to displacement of people from damaged buildings or where health care systems may be further stressed due to human injuries. GEM also contributed to two major publications: two case studies on risk analytics and seismic hazard assessment for the IDF Development of Risk Analytics Report , and the Hazard Definitions Report: Understanding Hazards to Reduce Risk co-published by UNDRR and the International Science Council. This year also marked the 10th year anniversary of GEM’s flagship product: the OpenQuake engine software . About 250 people participated in a special GEM webinar marking the celebration. GEM also released three OpenQuake engine software updates, adding various features to enhance performance and capability to analyze multi-perils. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/6

  • GEM case studies on risk analytics capacity and seismic hazard assessment featured in milestone IDF report

    Latest News GEM case studies on risk analytics capacity and seismic hazard assessment featured in milestone IDF report READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The Development of Risk Analytics report released by the Insurance Development Forum on October 20th highlights many aspects of GEM’s work including in Chapter 4: “Benefits of building local risk analytics capacity”. GEM contributed two case studies - Building local risk understanding in South America (Case Study 2) and Armenia Seismic Hazard Assessment (Case Study 4). The case studies demonstrated open sharing of research and transparent communication which are essential to developing trust and local ownership; and clear methodology linking to international standards and best practice. “This report builds the case for collaboration to build capacity in vulnerable countries for risk analytics by openly sharing models, tools and data through partnerships between public and private sectors, between international and local experts, and between data/model providers and users. This approach is essential to building the trust necessary for local ownership of risk information and ensuring its use to reduce risk and save lives,” John Schneider, GEM Secretary General. The report also has several important mentions of GEM and its collaborators, and contains a number of messages supporting the collaborative, open approach to hazard and risk assessment that GEM has been a leader in for the past decade. It also featured images from GEM such as the OpenQuake training workshop in Medellin in 2017, and the 2-page spread (p. 54-55) of the 3D GEM map of exposure and hazard in Asia, presented as a poster in the Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk Model launch. The report is endorsed by the insurance industry through the IDF and the UN through UNDP and UNDRR. To get a copy of the report, visit https://www.globalquakemodel.org/GEMNews/idf-report-oct-2020 . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/3

  • 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

  • Earthquake Risk Modelling workshop participants in Canada: Ready to switch to OpenQuake software for seismic risk assessment

    Latest News Earthquake Risk Modelling workshop participants in Canada: Ready to switch to OpenQuake software for seismic risk assessment READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The Geological Survey of Canada in collaboration with the UBC Earthquake Engineering Research Facility and the GEM Foundation organized its first GEM OpenQuake training workshop in Vancouver, Canada from 11th - 13th April with the theme: “Earthquake Risk Modeling in Canada - from knowledge to action”. Over 50 people with different backgrounds participated in the event including GEM’s Anirudh Rao who presented GEM and its current work, and co-facilitated a session on OpenQuake engine. “The OpenQuake workshop session was a big success. It opened several opportunities for future collaboration with Canada's leading seismic hazard scientists, structural engineers, risk mitigation experts from the City of Vancouver, and electric utility agencies concerned about seismic risk to their assets and convinced many participants to switch to OpenQuake after experiencing first hand the engine’s computational capability,” Anirudh Rao, GEM Physical Risk Engineer and lead OpenQuake trainer at the 3-day event. Dr. Murray Journeay - GSC/NRCan risk modelling expert and longtime GEM collaborator, facilitated the workshop designed for risk modelers working in areas of both fundamental and applied science - and those who were interested in using outputs of risk assessments to inform disaster resilience planning at local and regional scales in Canada. The event presented an overview of earthquake risk assessment activities in British Columbia, followed by a two-day interactive workshop to explore the analytic capabilities of the OpenQuake engine and Platform. In particular, workshop objectives included: - Explore GEM's risk datasets, models and tools; - Present GEM’s Risk Modeller's Toolkit to derive fragility and vulnerability models; - Perform probabilistic seismic risk analysis, and scenario damage and loss estimation using the OpenQuake-engine; - Contribute to GEM’s Global Risk Modelling effort.On the last day, Dr. Murray Journeay (below, left) was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Geological Survey of Canada for his work throughout his career in promoting earthquake risk awareness and reduction in Canada, and for his efforts in recent years in helping Canada become a public partner of GEM. Canada became an official member of the GEM Foundation in December 2017. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Global hazard map (v.2018.1)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Global hazard map (v.2018.1) 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.

  • Using the lessons from COVID19: Getting ready for earthquakes in the future

    Latest News Using the lessons from COVID19: Getting ready for earthquakes in the future READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ Even though the COVID19 pandemic is not over yet, this catastrophic event has already taught us a lot; so, we tried to reflect on the lessons that could be drawn and carried into the future to reduce earthquake risk. Recently, GEM has completed a short social media campaign on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 that can be used in dealing with future earthquake risk. In case you missed it, here they are: 1) There is a need to strengthen open and transparent cooperation among the scientific community, businesses and political leaders. Especially in our field of work, dealing with an earthquake disaster that encompasses nations and regions, implementing science-based solutions will need economic and political will. 2) There is a need to develop a stronger system that can quickly translate scientific knowledge into practical and workable mitigation and emergency response strategy at the local and community level. 3) There is a need for governments and institutions to provide the population with simple, clear and understandable information and to take active actions against fake news and misinformation. 4) There is a need to reorganize, restructure, refocus, and ‘retrofit’, so to speak, our global institutions to become more efficient and readier in dealing with future risks such as earthquakes, pandemics and any disaster that can endanger human lives. 5) There is a need to urgently finance research and development before the next global crisis occurs. Investing in scientific research and development plays a critical role in addressing the challenges in understanding, assessing and responding to the time-dependent nature of disaster risk. Moreover, sustained preparedness and awareness are pivotal for reducing risk from natural hazard events and for ensuring that people can act on warning in timely and appropriate ways. However, in order to achieve them, significant financial, human and material resources are needed at the national, regional and international levels before, during and after disasters. To sum it all up, before the next global disaster or crisis occurs, greater efforts are still needed in order to clearly communicate: science-based disaster risk assessments, socio-economic impacts, evaluations of mechanisms for risk reduction, and prescriptive options for translating scientific findings into practice. Here at GEM we will always work to do our part and give our contribution with openness, collaboration, commitment to science and a special focus on serving the public good. https://www.facebook.com/GEMwrld/videos/660112941224311/ GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/5

  • John Schneider: GEM’s new Secretary General

    Latest News John Schneider: GEM’s new Secretary General READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ What inspired you to apply for the position of the Secretary General? To me it GEM is a program that is very much needed; it uniquely combines science, engineering, and social science, but it is also pushing the boundaries in the development of methodologies, tools, and open data in a true integration of information, making it available for the common good. GEM is also a bridge between academic science and genuine applications for decision making in Disaster Risk Reduction. Operating at a global scale, the organisation fills a unique niche between research and application - and the world needs more organisations that do that! In March of 2009, when I was trying to get support from Australia to join GEM, we held the first official GEM workshop at Geoscience Australia during the program called GEM1, so I have been involved for a long time with GEM. I have also been on the Governing Board, later as Chair until the end of June last year.Working with GEM, to me brings everything that I have been interested and I have been doing in my career, all together in one place. GEM is a great organisation that is going to be around for a long time and I hope to contribute to that. Can you tell us a little about yourself, John Schneider, the person? I have always been interested in taking new challenges and now I am here with my wife (Jill Dobkin) who joined me to come to Italy and enjoy the life here. Our two children are now grown and have stayed in Australia: our son Bennett is in his fourth year at the Australian National University studying renewal energy systems and physics, and our daughter Margot has just finished high school and is using 2016 as a gap year.I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of California at San Diego. I went to graduate school at the University of Wisconsin, where I did my PhD on earthquakes in Bucaramanga, Colombia. From there I did post-doctoral research at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington D.C., studying earthquakes Peru, including field work in the Amazonas. From there I worked with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in California and AON Corporation in Chicago, mainly on earthquake hazard models. In 2000 I moved with my family to Australia, where I was responsible for developing a multi-hazard risk assessment capability for the Geoscience Australia. The program grew to include many natural hazards - earthquake, tsunami, flood, volcanic ash, cyclone and bush (wild) fire - as well as man-made hazards and climate change. We built many open source models for hazard and risk assessment in Australia, and further developed and applied them in a program of capacity building in South East Asia and the Pacific, mainly in the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and South Pacific islands. What will be the priorities to address in your first months as Secretary General? My main priority is to further develop and implement a plan for organisational sustainability. Working with our partners, the Secretariat can build a solid foundation for the future. The short-term need is to increase sponsorship by approaching specific public and private organisations, and to secure project funding aimed at capacity building and completing the global earthquake model. In the longer term we need to expand our marketing approach to attract other sectors, such as financial, energy, and manufacturing and to gain more traction with donors in the disaster risk reduction sector, particularly in the context of the UN’s new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The other priority is around making the organisation itself, especially the Secretariat, a more confident and effective organisation. We also need to work on internal processes such as for information management, and roles and responsibilities of staff. Through these efforts, I think we can make GEM Foundation a more cohesive and a stronger organisation moving forward. What is your vision for GEM for the next three years?I see GEM becoming an integral part of the Disaster Risk Reduction community globally, as part of the overall development and application of earthquake and other natural hazards risk assessment capability. It follows then that I see us being better supported and used much more widely in both the public and private sectors. Finally, I see GEM realising its goal to reduce earthquake risk worldwide by developing and implementing risk assessment methodologies, tools, and information. What about the challenges associated with achieving the vision you articulated? GEM does so many things that are fundamental to developing and applying science to make the world a better place, such as:- The delivery of Open Source software and open data;- Development of international collaboration through public-private partnerships;- Reducing the gap between academics and practitioners;- Providing tools that are fit for purpose for decision making;Improving capacity in developing countries;- Building greater understanding of social vulnerability; and- Bridging science, engineering and social science - just to name a few.These are things that are actually much more challenging than integrating hazards into multi-hazard analysis. Through our partners we can add other hazards – that is relevantly easy. The hard part is developing the collaboration network and building the sense of common responsibility and ownership for how we work together and what we do. We now have hundreds of collaborators in nearly 100 countries working with us; and there are now over 1,300 subscribers to the OpenQuake Platform. This is a pretty solid base to work from! I also think GEM is extremely well grounded in its fundamental principles of openness, transparency, credibility and public good. The only question then is in what form GEM will be in the future, not whether it will exist. Although I don’t know the form, I know it will exist in some way because the demand for what GEM does and offers is much needed; so it is really up to us to be successful because we are doing so many things right - we just need a few more champions and a bit more confidence to do it. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • New Zealand

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

  • Integrated Risk Modelling Toolkit

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

  • Risk Input Preparation Toolkit (v.2018)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Risk Input Preparation Toolkit (v.2018) Product Additional Requests Sector arrow&v I have read and agree to comply with the license terms of this product, and the conditions of products use. Reset fields Submit Download Thank you. Please click Download to get your item. Provide feedback to GEM on the use and impact of the product e.g. feedback survey. Share with GEM where the product was used i.e. research, publications or projects.