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

    Latest News GEM 12-year anniversary: Bridging science and risk reduction READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ “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 . GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/10

  • Make Exposure Great Again: Understanding Risk Forum 2018

    Latest News Make Exposure Great Again: Understanding Risk Forum 2018 READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The fifth global Understanding Risk forum took place from May 14-18, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico at the Palacio de Minería. The annual event organized by The World Bank/GFDRR with support from Coca-Cola FEMSA, World Vision México, and Compromiso Social Citibanamex kicked off with two days of dedicated side events, followed by three days (May 16 – 18) of main conference plenaries and technical sessions. The 2018 Understanding Risk Forum (UR2018) broadly focused on understanding the risk of disasters in order to better prepare and create more resilient societies. This year, the UR community convened to specifically examine the critical role of risk communication and disruptive technologies in disaster risk management. More than 1000 experts and practitioners from more than 100 countries and 550+ organizations participated in more than 20 technical sessions and close to 60 side events. GEM’s Vitor Silva, Risk Team coordinator presented in the side event ‘Discussions on DRR Tools and the Exchange of Hazard, Exposure and Vulnerability Data’. His presentation, MEGA or Make Exposure Great Again focused on exposure data developed by GEM as part of the DFID/GFDRR Challenge Fund 2 (creating a data schema and global exposure database to fill the gap between data providers and users of exposure information for disaster risk assessment and reduction). Vitor also highlighted the importance of open exposure data in the pursuit of better global access to risk information. “Historically exposure data has been collected and developed at large scale by the private sector. GEM in partnership with GFDRR is changing this by breaking the walls between data providers and decision-makers, advocating openness and collaboration, and promoting the sharing of information,” Vitor remarked during the discussion. Vitor also discussed GEM’s worldwide work on earthquake hazard, risk and social vulnerability assessments, and key features of GEM’s online data-sharing tool: the OpenQuake Platform. The forum also seeks to redefine the goal of risk communication from merely informing to inspiring action: a goal that GEM will actively pursue with the upcoming release of the first Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk Model (GRM2018) on 5th December 2018 in Pavia, Italy. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • New Horizon 2020 project launched to develop an advanced approach for Seismic Risk Assessment of Nuclear Power Plants

    Latest News New Horizon 2020 project launched to develop an advanced approach for Seismic Risk Assessment of Nuclear Power Plants READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ 29th September 2020: The METHODS AND TOOLS INNOVATIONS FOR SEISMIC RISK ASSESSMENT (METIS) H2020 Project has been officially launched opening a promising research collaboration to improve confidence in nuclear safety by advancing the approach utilised for seismic safety assessments for Nuclear Power Plants. The major goal of METIS is to propose innovations in tools and methodologies for seismic safety assessment of reactors, and supporting technology transfer from the research community to the industry. It aims to develop common guidelines for seismic safety assessment at the European level, in line with international practice and consensus, and promote good practices across the community. The outcome contributes to facilitate risk-informed decision-making in the European context. The advanced tools and methodologies developed by METIS will be made available to a wider community thanks to the capitalisation in modern high-performance open source tools as OpenQuake, code_aster/ salome_meca, OpenSees, and SCRAM. METIS is an EU-funded 4-year project under the Horizon 2020 EURATOM Programme for Research and Innovation having a total budget of €5 million, of which €4 million is funded from the European Commission. The project will be delivered by an international consortium gathering 13 European partners from France, Germany, Italy, Greece, UK, Ukraine and Slovenia alongside with 3 organisations from US and Japan. The consortium brings together universities, research organisations and industrials so as to create an ideal ecosystem for research, development, and its dissemination and application by end users. The consortium had a virtual kick off meeting held over two days 29th-30th September 2020 attended by 78 participants. The first day was the plenary session which outlined all the Work Packages’ (WP) and on the second day, there was a WP coordination session for more detailed discussion. Irmela Zentner, R&D Expert at EDF and lead of the project: “We are really excited to start this project, where we aim to improve confidence in nuclear power plants and their competitiveness using advanced seismic safety assessments. In these challenging times, we had a successful collaboration with all the partners to build up METIS and get it funded by H2020 Programme. Our recent kick-off meeting, while held remotely, was a really successful event with high engagement from all partners promising a rich and effective collaboration going forward.” List of project partners: Electricté de France EDF R&D UK Centre Limited Liability Company Energorisk Fondazione GEM GeoForschungsZentrum Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire University School for Advanced Studies Pavia LGI National Technical University of Athens Géodynamique et Structures State Scientific and Technical Center for Nuclear and Radiation Safety Technical University of Kaiserslautern University of Ljubljana Geotechnical Research Institute North Carolina State University Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Institute ENDS Notes to editors For further information contact: Emma.Luguterah@edfenergy.com or 0208 935 2714 About EDF Electricité de France (EDF) was set up in 1946 out of the desire to have a national electrical utility that could help rebuild the country after the Second World War. Since its creation, the company has had the responsibility for generating, transmitting, and distributing electricity in France. EDF remains one of the European utilities with a significant R&D activity and effort on innovation. Around 2500 people are presently employed at EDF R&D, amongst which, 70% are researchers and executives. EDF is today one of the leading energy companies, with solid positions in major European countries. EDF is committed to creating long term, low carbon affordable energy and the safety and sustained performance of nuclear and hydraulic plants is one of the key issues in this regard. EDF participates in the project through its research and development (R&D) unit. EDF R&D has the mission to contribute to increasing performance, efficiency and safety of operating units of EDF Group. Collaborative research projects are a vital component for EDF, creating an invaluable forum for exchange and knowledge-sharing. Through them, innovations are developed, disseminated, and industrialized. EDF R&D is also a major national player in opensource simulation software development and dissemination. In particular, it develops and disseminates code_aster opensource Finite Elements Software www.code-aster.org . Website address: https://www.edf.fr H2020 EURATOM Programme Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) In addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. EURATOM aims to pursue nuclear research and training activities with an emphasis on continually improving nuclear safety, security and radiation protection, notably to contribute to the long-term decarbonisation of the energy system in a safe, efficient and secure way. By contributing to these objectives, the Euratom Programme will reinforce outcomes under the three priorities of Horizon 2020: Excellent science, Industrial leadership and Societal challenges. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Sub-Saharan Africa | Global EarthQuake Model Foundation

    Products Sub-Saharan Africa Product type Model Now DESCRIPTION Sub-Saharan 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 GEM (unreleased): The Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Earthquake Model was developed by GEM in collaboration with AfricaArray within the USAID-supported SSAHARA project. The original model is extensively described in Poggi et al. (2017), while an extended and improved version was developed in 2018. 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 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 Non-Disclosure Agreement (By request for public-good, non-commercial use) License type NDA 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 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.

  • GEM shares approach in earthquake hazard and risk assessment at the 2017 Global Platform For Disaster Risk Reduction

    Latest News GEM shares approach in earthquake hazard and risk assessment at the 2017 Global Platform For Disaster Risk Reduction READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ John Rees of the British Geological Survey and GEM Governing Board member presented GEM at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Cancun, Mexico from May 22-26. GEM’s work on earthquake hazard and risk assessment was presented during the Sendai Framework Priority 1: Understanding Disaster Risk session. The participation was aimed to contribute to the discussions on practical examples regarding the use of open data platforms that present geo-referenced earthquake risk information and exposure data in open source and interoperable formats. In particular, GEM shared the cost effectiveness and the multiple sustainable development benefits of such open risk data platforms for the public and private sector. GEM reaffirmed its commitment to continue developing tools and products, promoting open access and open source risk assessment applications, and advancing earthquake science to help achieve disaster risk reduction globally. The Fifth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction took place from 24 to 26 May 2017 in Cancun Mexico. With the Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) as backdrop, the program and deliberations of the Global Platform reflected the priorities of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The 2017 Global Platform marks the first event after the adoption of the Sendai Framework in 2015. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. Sub-Saharan Africa 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.

  • Pilot earthquake and volcano risk assessment framework in Indonesia, Philippines and Colombia to start in November 2017

    Latest News Pilot earthquake and volcano risk assessment framework in Indonesia, Philippines and Colombia to start in November 2017 READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ USAID recently approved the project CRAVE (Collaborative Risk Assessment for Volcanoes and Earthquakes), which is set to start in November 2017. This project includes several partners including the British Geological Survey, the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS), the University of Edinburgh, the Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (VDAP) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and key organizations from the region including the Colombian Geological Survey, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and Badan Geologi (Indonesia). CRAVE will run for 18 months to develop a common framework for the assessment of the impact from earthquakes and volcanoes, with an application to a few locations in Indonesia, Philippines and Colombia. Specifically, CRAVE aims to inform geological policies or procedures to increase the preparedness for geological events and develop the capacity of various sectors to reduce the impact of geological events. GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0

  • GEM's IRMTK QGIS plugin (v.2020)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. GEM's IRMTK QGIS plugin (v.2020) 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.

  • OpenQuake Engine (v.2020)

    Please fill in the form below to download or view the document. Thank you. OpenQuake Engine (v.2020) 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.

  • GEM Hazard Modeling Tools Workshop

    Latest News GEM Hazard Modeling Tools Workshop READ MORE Photo caption: ​ GALLERY RELATED CONTENTS RELATED CONTENTS ​ The workshop, held at GEM’s Headquarters in Pavia, Italy from March 15-17, 2017 gathered more than 20 experts and scientists from different parts of the world – Europe, Nepal, China, Thailand and Japan – representing public and private sectors. Speaking on behalf of the Chinese Earthquake Administration participants, Mengtan Gao, Deputy Director of the Institute of Geophysics, underscores the importance of the workshop saying, “This workshop is important for China Earthquake Administration because we learned new techniques and methodologies in seismic hazard assessment, particularly those being used here in Europe”. He adds further, “Our young seismologists can take these learnings back to China and apply them to the next generation of seismic hazard maps that China plans to develop next year”. Mengtan Gao (R) has served the China Earthquake Administration for 36 years. He hopes to build the capacity of his young colleagues in seismic assessment through GEM’s OpenQuake engine. While other participants are just beginning to understand and appreciate OpenQuake Engine, the General Insurance Rating Organization of Japan (GIROJ) has started translating the users’ manual into Japanese. Mr. Suguru of GIROJ says, “GEM’s OpenQuake engine is the global standard tool for seismic hazard and risk analyses. We are translating the manual so more of our partners and colleagues can use the engine.” Mr. Suguru has a background in applied mathematics and is leading the translation of GEM’s OpenQuake engine manual into Japanese in GIROJ. Capacity development is one of the major activities of GEM to help build national and local technical capacities in hazard and risk assessment around the world. Being at the cusp of completing Work Programme 2, GEM is gearing up to implement a training program on how to use various tools freely available at OpenQuake platform for its various partners and stakeholders at national and regional levels. Participants from NSET Nepal discuss with John Schneider, GEM Secretary General, plans to re-echo what they have learned from the workshop at national level. Sujan Raj and Kapil believe that translating the OpenQuake manual would help their colleagues in adapting the tool for analyzing seismic hazard and risk data of Nepal.Maria del Puy of ZAMG, “We are a small organization and just starting up. We participated in this workshop because of OpenQuake engine’s open and transparent development approach. This is what attracted us to use and try it. So far this workshop has given us a good idea of what the engine can do.” GALLERY No images found. RELATED CONTENTS 1/0