[unav_all] Call for Applications: Conference on Understanding Extreme Geohazards

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Call for Applications: Conference on Understanding Extreme Geohazards

The conference "Understanding Extreme Geohazards: The Science of the  
Disaster Risk Management Cycle" will take place on 27 November to 2  
December 2011 at Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain. This  
conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in  
partnership with the European Cooperation in Science and Technology  
(COST) and with support from the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and  
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization  

Scientists and experts in geohazards and disaster risk management are  
invited to participate in the Conference. Attendance is possible only  
after successful application. Full conference programme and  
application form are accessible at http://www.esf.org/index.php?id=8974.

Application Deadline: 18 September 2011
Grants for Young and Early Stage Researchers available.
Further information can be found below and at:  

Conference information:

Co-Chaired by:
Stuart M. Marsh - University of Nottingham, UK
Hans-Peter Plag - University of Nevada, Reno, US

Programme Committee:
Francesco Gaetani - GEO Secretariat
David Stevens - UNOOSA, UN-Spider
Robert Missotten - UNESCO
Howard Moore - ICSU, IRDR
Roger Urgeles Esclasans - Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), Barcelona, ES
Bente Lilja Bye - Beyond Sustainability, NO

Conference background

Extreme geohazards are the cause of major disasters. Most of the lives  
and property lost to disasters caused by geohazards are lost during  
extreme events. Although extreme geohazards are infrequent and  
restricted to certain geographical regions, their potential impact is  
huge and of global scale. For example, the 1755 Lisbon earthquake had  
a profound impact on European philosphy, culture and art. The global  
and long-lasting societal and economic impacts of the 2004 Sumatra and  
2011 Japan earthquakes and associated tsunamis illustrate the scale of  
disasters caused by extreme geohazards, and they reminded us of the  
challenge of these extreme events for disaster risk management. At the  
same time, the recent major geohazards with global impacts are dwarfed  
by the largest geohazards that occurred during the last few  
millenniums. The potential impact on our civilization of any such rare  
event tends to be ignored in our planning of land use and  
infrastructure. Understanding the full spectrum of extreme geohazards  
is a prerequisite for disaster risk management and increased global  
resilience to these events. Reducing the disasters induced by the  
occurrence of extreme hazards at an acceptable economic cost requires  
a solid scientific understanding of the hazards. The recent disasters  
revealed gaps in the knowledge available for policy and decision  
making. It is therefore timely to review our understanding of extreme  
geohazards and to relate this knowledge to the full risk management  
More at http://www.esf.org/index.php?id=8974.

Confirmed invited speakers include:

Roger Bilham - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental  
Sciences, US
Addressing the key challenges and improving science support for  
disaster reduction
Donald Bruce Dingwell - Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, DE
Preparing for the unexpected: how safe are sleeping volcanoes?
Alik Ismail-Zadeh - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, DE
Modeling and Predicting Extreme Seismic Events
Brian G. McAdoo - Vassar College, US
Hidden risks in submarine landslides
Howard Moore - International Council for Science, FR
Daniela Pantosti - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, IT
Lessons learnt from paleoseismology
Rui Pinho - GEM Foundation, IT
The Global Earthquake Model project: a contribution to disaster risk  
management and disaster reduction
Seth Stein - Northwestern University, US
Bad Assumptions or Bad Luck: Why Natural Hazard Maps Fail and What To  
Do About It?
Dario Tedesco - University of Napoli 2, IT
Time-variable probabilities of volcano eruptions
Roger Urgeles Esclasans - Institute of Marine Sciences, ES
Controls / timing / characteristics of submarine landslides in the  
Mediterranean area
Rongjiang Wang - GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, DE
Characterizing the earthquake: Slip inversion from GPS
Ivan Wong - URS Corp, US
How Big, How Bad, How Often: Are Extreme Events Accounted for in  
Modern Seismic Hazard Analyses?

For the draft programme with a list of the sessions please visit  

View the Call for Application on the web at  
<http://mim.io/d00d51?fe=1&pact=4742750871>. You can also forward to a  
colleague <http://go.madmimi.com/forward/4742750871?amx=932277851>.

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