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  • Allianz-GEM partnership focuses on global earthquake risk resilience - GEM Foundation

    News Allianz-GEM partnership focuses on global earthquake risk resilience By: ​ ​ Sep 15, 2022 ​ Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn ​ The Allianz Group, one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers, has joined the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation, an international public-private partnership providing open-source hazard and risk assessment software, tools and data for the application of science to understanding and managing earthquake risk on a global scale. The Allianz-GEM partnership aims to enhance the understanding of earthquake risk by leveraging Allianz’ experience in multi-peril modelling and the use of data in an insurance context; and GEM’s open, transparent and collaborative approach to earthquake risk analysis at the global, regional, and local levels. Matthias Hackl, Head of Cat Research & Development, Allianz Re, has joined the GEM board as part of the cooperation. “We are happy to welcome Allianz to the GEM family. Allianz’ experience in natural catastrophe risk management combined with GEM’s long-term strategy toward multi-hazard risk modelling, can improve both organisations’ understanding of earthquake risks, and contribute to natural hazard risk resilience globally.” - John Schneider , GEM Secretary General. Allianz Re natural peril experts currently model around 90 natural catastrophe scenarios worldwide using data collected from scientifically robust sources and Allianz exposure data to allow in-house and vendor applications to build a quick picture of risk accumulation in any defined location and form the basis for effective risk management measures. “Partnering with GEM provides an opportunity for us to enhance the way we look at earthquake risk worldwide. GEM’s scientific experience and knowledge will improve our own earthquake models with their high-quality open data and models, proven methods and processes,” says Matthias Hackl . “Allianz is committed to apply science to understand, manage and estimate the costs of natural hazards. We see the engagement with GEM as a great opportunity to expand our network of partners with whom we want to push the boundaries of understanding natural perils worldwide,” says Sibylle Steimen , Managing Director of Advisory & Services, Allianz Re. ----- About Allianz Group The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with 126 million private and corporate customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 809 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. ----- Media contacts: Elizabeth Goetze Allianz Reinsurance Jephraim Oro GEM Foundation No images found. GALLERY 1/0 ​ VIDEO RELATED CONTENTS

  • OpenQuake QGIS Plugin | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Project Name Products OpenQuake QGIS Plugin Plugin to drive and visualize OpenQuake engine results in QGIS Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn Description This plugin allows users to drive OpenQuake Engine calculations of physical hazard and risk, and to load the corresponding outputs as QGIS layers. For those outputs, data visualization tools are provided. The toolkit also enables users to develop composite indicators to measure and quantify social characteristics, and combine them with estimates of human or infrastructure loss. A post-earthquake recovery modeling framework is incorporated into the toolkit, to produce building-level and/or community-level recovery functions. How to cite this work Silva, V., Crowley, H., Pagani, M. et al. Development of the OpenQuake engine, the Global Earthquake Model's open-source software for seismic risk assessment. Nat Hazards 72, 1409-1427 (2014). Pagani, M., Monelli, D., Weatherill, G., Danciu, L., Crowley, H., Silva, V., Henshaw, P., Butler, L., Nastasi, M., Panzeri, L., Simionato, M. and Vigano, D., [2014] “OpenQuake Engine: An open hazard (and risk) software for the Global Earthquake Model,” Seismological Research Letters, Vol. 85, No. 3, pp 692-702 Available Versions The latest version can be found on the QGIS Plugin website. License information There are no restrictions on the use (commercial or otherwise) of the OpenQuake engine or its plugin. The source code of the software is available under a GNU Affero General Public License v3.0 license, which requires: Permissions of this strongest copyleft license are conditioned on making available complete source code of licensed works and modifications, which include larger works using a licensed work, under the same license. Copyright and license notices must be preserved. Contributors provide an express grant of patent rights. When a modified version is used to provide a service over a network, the comple the modified version must be made available. Any deviation from these terms incur in license infringement. Share License AGPL v3.0 Available resources Public Repository License Request Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn text Map View Search Popup title Close Country/Region Available Resources Country/Region Available Resources Country/Region Resource Url Search Found Country/Region Resource Url Preview Preview is not available. Search Found Country/Region Resource Url Preview Preview is not available. Search Found Country/Region Resource Url Preview Preview is not available. Related products OpenQuake Engine Related publications For downloading or accessing detailed product information like PNG/PDF maps, datasets, license request, shapefiles and more, please switch to a desktop or laptop computer. Thank you for your understanding.

  • News Briefs: March 2022 Topiqs Newsletter - GEM Foundation

    News News Briefs: March 2022 Topiqs Newsletter By: ​ ​ Mar 16, 2022 ​ Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn ​ During this period, GEM scientists have also participated in various international virtual conferences and events on loss models, earthquake risk assessment, and global challenges in earthquake risk and catastrophe modelling. OpenQuake online training The training was organized by GEM’s hazard and risk teams and was held from January 31st to February 3rd as part of TREQ – a USAID-supported project that started in 2020. ASCE Lifelines Engineering Conference, Los Angeles, CA GEM participated in the event from February 7 – 11, 2022. The event, with a theme of Understanding, Improving & Operationalizing Hazard Resilience for Lifeline Systems, was organized by ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division (IRD), in partnership with The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to commemorate 50 years of Lifeline Engineering. Conference UCR February 9⋅5:00 – 6:00pm GEM was invited to provide a conference lecture in the University of Costa Rica on the 9th of February. The lecture was entitled Seismic risk in structures, bridges and lifelines: from assessment to mitigation, and focused on introducing the fundamentals of the evaluation of seismic risk, and how its products can be used to mitigate risk in society. Successful examples from the TREQ project were presented to a wide audience that included students and professionals of civil engineering, geology and actuarial sciences. GEM-GA new agreement for the Risk Assessment and Mitigation Study for Earthquakes in the Yilgarn Project (RAMSEY) signed GEM and Geoscience Australia (GA) signed the project agreement for the new RAMSEY project that GA will be leading as a contribution to GEM. GA will be assessing the earthquake vulnerability and resilience of water, power and transportation infrastructure in Western Australia. Mark Edwards, Geoscience Australia representative to the GEM Governing Board and John Schneider, GEM Secretary General signed the RAMSEY project agreement on March 17th in Canberra, Australia. No images found. GALLERY 1/0 Gallery VIDEO RELATED CONTENTS

  • GEM 12-year anniversary: Bridging science and risk reduction - GEM Foundation

    News GEM 12-year anniversary: Bridging science and risk reduction By: ​ ​ Mar 26, 2021 ​ Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn ​ “A dozen years is another milestone for GEM, and particularly poignant after over one year of the coronavirus pandemic. We much appreciate the continued support of our sponsors, collaborators and project partners, and the dedication and commitment of our staff to get us to where we are today, and ready to deliver our mandate in the next 12 years.” GEM Secretary General John Schneider on commemorating GEM’s 12-year anniversary. John added that the availability and access to data, information and tools continue to be fundamental problems in accurately assessing earthquake risk and taking action to reduce risk. “After 12 years, we are proud to have reached a time when GEM can say that harmonized, high quality, open data and open source assessment tools for earthquake hazard and risk are now widely available to the public.” Paul Henshaw, Director of Technology and Development agrees saying, “By overcoming these various challenges over the years, we can show how the evolution of OpenQuake engine and related toolkits has helped advance the science of risk assessment and support international collaboration to increase risk awareness and encourage risk mitigation activities around the world.” GEM’s contribution to disaster risk reduction Beyond the development of tools and databases, GEM’s biggest contribution to disaster risk reduction has been through the completion of the Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk Model through a collaboration with hundreds of local experts and dozens of organizations worldwide. Global maps were completed and released in 2018 and the underlying models were released to the public in 2019 and 2020. GEM also released a global set of earthquake vulnerability and resilience indicators in 2020. An earthquake risk model is comprised of three components: a hazard model that defines where, how often and how severely earthquakes will strike in the future; an exposure model that describes the elements at risk, particularly buildings/infrastructure and people; and vulnerability curves or models that describe the relationship between shaking intensity and damage or loss to elements at risk. GEM also develops socioeconomic vulnerability and resilience (SVR) indicators that are used to complement physical models of seismic risk. These indicators can be used to better understand drivers of risk and factors that may contribute to or hinder earthquake recovery. Marco Pagani, GEM Hazard Team Coordinator, explains how GEM’s Global Earthquake Hazard model,completed in 2018, is being used to help improve resilience to earthquakes. “Overall, this compilation of models provides a summary of the best science currently applied to the assessment of seismic hazard across the world at national and regional levels. Many of the models contained in this collection are already used to update building codes and compute risk at national level. The regulation of building construction through building codes is perhaps the most fundamental mechanism for reducing earthquake risk.” Vitor Silva, GEM Risk Team Coordinator, says "It took the GEM team many years to put together all the components to build a Global Earthquake Risk model. Now building vulnerability models are available for more than 600 building types, and exposure information covers residential, commercial and industrial buildings worldwide. On our 12th year, we are happy to have made all of this information available publicly to support decision-makers in assessing earthquake risk and devising strategies for effective risk mitigation. What’s Next In the next one-three years, GEM will be working to make its models and tools more accessible to the insurance and engineering sectors and DRR community more broadly, and to incorporate secondary perils (landslide, liquefaction, and tsunami) and cascading risks into its models. For instance, GEM has begun working on a new Risk Explorer tool which aims to make risk information more accessible to downstream users for risk reduction decision making and is integrating its risk models into financial loss models for insurance applications through third party platforms. Looking ahead to the next dozen years, John explained that “While GEM will continue to focus on the development of models and tools for earthquake risk assessment, and on their application through public and private partnerships at global, regional, national, and local levels, GEM will also evolve and extend its reach through increased collaboration on multi-hazard risk assessment, particularly for climate change risk assessment and adaptation.” 12-year anniversary infographics and media cards 12 key moments in GEM's history . John Schneider on the future work of GEM . Mauro Dolce on the GEM significant contribution to the development and application of earthquake science . Rui Pinho on GEM's role in bridging the gap between science and risk reduction . Anselm Smolka on GEM's collaborative and inclusive approach . No images found. GALLERY 1/10 Gallery VIDEO RELATED CONTENTS

  • Science in the spotlight - GEM Foundation

    News Science in the spotlight By: ​ ​ Jul 2, 2018 ​ Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn ​ The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction took place in March this year and what the 187 member states have agreed, after a long marathon of negotiations, is a 15-year plan made of seven guiding principles and four priorities for action. Precedence in the post-2015 framework was given to implementing activities that will prevent the creation of new disaster risks and that will better tackle all those risk multipliers such as poverty, poor land management, scarce access to trustable data and technology, lack of building regulations etc. that exponentially worsen the consequences for communities. Special attention was given to understanding risk (Priority 1), with recommendations to promote dissemination of science and to facilitate the adoption of new tools and resources. The importance of science and technology for DRR policy and practice was also extensively expressed in the Science and Technology Advisory Group Report 2015, which provided key commitments on behalf of the scientific community to assist with the implementation of the Post-2015 Framework.Unfortunately in the past 10 years (during execution of the Hyogo Framework for Action) the involvement of relevant stakeholders in sharing knowledge and information was insufficient and actions undertaken to reduce losses often inadequate, so the “exposure of persons and assets in all countries has increased faster than vulnerability has decreased” (SFDRR – Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030). This is the reason why the new agreement is also calling for stronger mutual reinforcement: stakeholders from government, private sector and civil society are encouraged to mobilize commitments and take coordinated action to reduce risk.The GEM Foundation actively participated in the main working sessions and side events, reporting a great deal of interest in its possible role as an enabling mechanism for implementation of the commitments to understanding risk and supporting the DRR monitoring framework. Specifically, in the monitoring and evaluation process (yet to be defined) risk models will likely play an increasingly important role and GEM is well-placed to contribute. What is more, the very nature of the Foundation based on a private-public partnership seems to perfectly match with the latest recommendations from Sendai to boost collaborative efforts and cross-cutting initiatives.What also clearly emerged from the conference was the increased interest in open data and open source tools and software to assess risk, either as a participatory science or as a technology transfer. Open access to key resources for development and implementation of risk assessments has found a new wave of interest at the 3WCDRR and various organisations from around the world pointed the audience to a number of compelling case studies. “New generations now are more familiar with the concept of open data and hopefully they will soon recognize its potential” Kuo- Fuong Ma, Taiwan Earthquake Model and member of the GEM Governing Board. What was also evident was the demand for risk assessment tools and guidelines to support evidence-based DRR decisions, the more open and accessible they are, the better they will be.The GEM Foundation will certainly draw on Japan’s conclusions to reiterate its pledge for an earthquake resilient world, renewing its call to develop private-public collaborations in many areas of the world and making data and cutting-edge resources available to everyone. No images found. GALLERY 1/0 ​ VIDEO RELATED CONTENTS

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  • North Asia Exposure | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Project Name Products North Asia Exposure Repository with the inventory of residential, commercial and industrial buildings in North Asia Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn Description The Global Exposure Model is a mosaic of local and regional models with information regarding the residential, commercial, and industrial building stock at the smallest available administrative division of each country and includes details about the number of buildings, number of occupants, vulnerability characteristics, average built-up area, and average replacement cost. The dataset is developed and maintained by the GEM Foundation, using a bottom-up approach at the global scale, using national statistics, socio-economic data, and local datasets. This model allows the identification of the most common types of construction worldwide, regions with large fractions of informal construction, and areas prone to natural disasters with a high concentration of population and building stock. The North Asia region of the model includes information pertaining to Russia and Mongolia. How to cite this work Yepes-Estrada, C., Calderon, A., Costa, C., Crowley, H., Dabbeek, J., Hoyos, M., Martins, L., Paul, N., Rao, A., Silva, V. (2023). Global Building Exposure Model for Earthquake Risk Assessment. Earthquake Spectra. doi:10.1177/87552930231194048 Available Versions An open version (v2023.1) of the model, aggregated at Administrative Level 1, is available for direct download under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. Users interested in this version can click the "Open Repository" button in the right panel to access the information. The full version for any country/territory, at the highest resolution available, can be requested by clicking on the "License Request", where a specific license will be provided, depending on the use case. License information The open version is available under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license, which requires: *Attribution (you must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made) *Non-commercial (you may not use the material for commercial purposes) *ShareAlike (derivatives created must be made available under the same license as the original) Any deviation from these terms incur in license infringement. For commercial use of the model, a specific license agreement must be made tailored to your use case, in such instance please click on "License Request". Share License CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 Available resources Documentation License Request Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn text Map View Search Popup title Close Country/Region Available Resources Country/Region Available Resources Country/Region Resource Url Search Found Country/Region Resource Url Preview Preview is not available. Search Found Country/Region Resource Url Preview Preview is not available. Search Found Country/Region Resource Url Preview Preview is not available. Related products Global Exposure Model Global Vulnerability Model Global Seismic Risk Map Country-Territory Seismic Risk Profiles Global Seismic Hazard Map Related publications For downloading or accessing detailed product information like PNG/PDF maps, datasets, license request, shapefiles and more, please switch to a desktop or laptop computer. Thank you for your understanding.

  • News Briefs December 2023: Data contributions and presentations - GEM Foundation

    News News Briefs December 2023: Data contributions and presentations By: ​ ​ Dec 14, 2023 Dec 14, 2023 Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn ​ Data contributions and presentations Innerspace GeoMap contributions GEM proudly contributes crucial data layers such as the Global Seismic Hazard, and Global Active-Faults to Project InnerSpace's GeoMap™ Beta released on December 1st. This geothermal exploration platform, developed in collaboration with Google, provides essential analytics for global geothermal potential, aiding in earthquake insights and geothermal project planning. Special acknowledgment to Helen Doran for exceptional coordination. Explore GeoMap™ here: Peru Schools Insurance Project (Ale) On November 22nd, GEM’s Alejandro Calderon, Senior Seismic Risk Modeller presented GEM’s key role in safeguarding Peru's 180,000+ public schools against natural hazards, aiding a groundbreaking insurance program funded by Germany's InsuResilience Solutions Fund (ISF). Contributing to earthquake risk models, GEM supports this initiative, strengthening resilience and ensuring uninterrupted education. Our gratitude to APESEG, AXA, Munich Re, JBA Risk Management, and PicSure for their collaboration. The webinar organised by APESEG highlighted this partnership. University of Oxford Department of Earth Sciences presentation GEM extends thanks to Professor Richard Walker and the University of Oxford for inviting Anna Rood, Seismic Hazard Scientist, to share insights at Oxford Earth Sciences. Her lecture on November 10th enriched the environmental geophysics course, providing valuable real-world perspectives. We appreciate the collaborative knowledge exchange facilitated by Professor Walker and the University of Oxford. Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) On-Demand Mapping workshop on Earthquake GEM's Secretary General, Helen Crowley, participated at the CEMS On-Demand Mapping Earthquake Workshop 2023 on November 15th, held at the European Commission Joint Research Centre in Italy. The workshop convened experts, users, and service providers to deliberate on advancing earthquake products for user communities through CEMS On-Demand Mapping, fostering discussions on solutions and innovations. No images found. GALLERY 1/0 ​ VIDEO RELATED CONTENTS

  • METEOR project updates - GEM Foundation

    News METEOR project updates By: ​ ​ Mar 20, 2019 ​ Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn ​ About 20 project participants from GEM, Tanzania Prime Minister’s Office-Disaster Management Department (DMD), Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), British Geological Survey (BGS), Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), ImageCat and the UK’s Office of Policy Management (OPM) participated in the 4th METEOR Project Quarterly Meeting held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 11-15 March. The group discussed the progress of its key objectives covering the delivery and use of open-source national scale datasets for multihazard analysis; uptake of protocols to develop critical exposure information from EO data, and training of end users to utilize and understand hazard and exposure data. GEM, represented by Paul Henshaw, Director of Technology and Development, presented two components: the modelling component to investigate how vulnerability and uncertainty of utilising and integrating data from various sources affect hazard and risk modelling; and the knowledge-sharing component to disseminate to the wider space and the development sectors to ensure that project outcomes will be available to the DRM community in the long term. The meeting was highlighted by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) presentation on data collection tools and approach; and the demonstration of data collection by Ramani Huria - a community-based mapping project that began in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, training university students and local community members to create highly accurate maps of the most flood-prone areas of the city. About METEOR METEOR is a 3-year project funded by the UK Space Agency to develop innovative application of Earth Observation (EO) technologies to improve understanding of exposure with a specific focus on the countries of Nepal and Tanzania. For more information, visit the project website at . No images found. GALLERY 1/8 ​ VIDEO RELATED CONTENTS

  • Inception of DRR-pathways project in Vancouver, Canada - GEM Foundation

    News Inception of DRR-pathways project in Vancouver, Canada By: ​ ​ Mar 21, 2019 ​ Share Facebook X (Twitter) LinkedIn ​ On 15 February in Vancouver, Canada, GEM sponsor Natural Resources Canada held the project inception meeting for “DR Pathways: Incentives for mitigation & adaptation investments”. The three-year project, funded by the Canadian Safety and Security Program, aims to re-frame the risk assessment process around risk reduction strategies (planning scenarios) that will lead to proactive investment in mitigation and adaptation. Specific project objectives are to: Increase capabilities to model systemic risk and disaster recovery; Enable an evidence-based approach to disaster resilience planning; and Strengthen risk governance through knowledge exchange and community engagement. Present at the meeting were project participants from Natural Resources Canada (notably Phil Hill, GEM GB representative and Project Champion, and Murray Journeay, GEM Outstanding Award recipient), City of Vancouver, Emergency Management British Columbia, Fraser Basin Council, University of Victoria, and other local, regional and national organizations involved in risk assessment and resilience planning. The main purpose of the meeting was to introduce all of the project partners, establish the project governance structure, and to clarify the scope and timeline. Key outcomes of the meeting were: agreement on the guiding principles, adapted from GEM’s platform: open, collaborative, public good and credible; establishment of the Steering Committee (with Chair, Kathryn Forge, Emergency Management British Columbia); and results of brainstorming amongst participants regarding the selection of flood and earthquake impact scenarios for 1) post disaster response and recovery and 2) risk reduction and resilience planning. According to Murray Journeay, who led the development of the proposal, “This project will benefit from GEM’s global leadership in developing the methodology and tools for integrated risk assessment and using this approach to develop a more holistic and empowering view of systemic risk.” The meeting was an excellent forum for exchanging ideas among scientists/engineers, emergency managers and policy makers, on how to develop and integrate risk information to inform the emergency management and planning process through a systemic and holistic approach. GEM looks forward to working with all of the local, regional, provincial and national organizations to make this project an outstanding success. No images found. GALLERY 1/4 ​ VIDEO RELATED CONTENTS

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