[unav_all] A call for IUGG symposium abstracts- Integrated Disaster Risk Science: Accounting for Extremes

John LaBrecque jlabrecq at me.com
Thu Jan 22 12:55:58 MST 2015

Dear Colleagues,

The 2015 IUGG General Assembly will be in Prague, Czech Republic at the  Prague Congress Centre June 22-July 2, 2015. Meeting information and abstract submission
links can be found at:

http://www.iugg2015prague.com/scientific-program.htm <http://www.iugg2015prague.com/scientific-program.htm>

We call your attention to the Union Symposium U2: Integrated Disaster Risk Science: Accounting for Extremes. The UNAVCO community through its focus upon the application of real time GNSS systems to evaluate and warn of tectonic, atmospheric, oceanic and climatic extreme events could provide truly innovative contributions to this symposium. We hope that you can participate, and are able to submit an abstract by the January 31, 2015 abstract deadline.  

U2 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: Accounting for Extremes

Convener: Vladimir Kossobokov, Moscow, Russia (GRC/IASPEI)

Co-conveners: Christophe Cudennec, Rennes, France (IAHS); Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, Ibaraki, Japan (IRDR); Joan Marti, Barcelona, Spain (IAVCEI); Diana Greenslade, Melbourne, Australia (IAPSO); Christian Huggel, Zurich, Switzerland (IACS); David Jackson, Los Angeles, USA (IASPEI); John LaBrecque, Washington, USA (IAG); Alan Thomson, Edinburgh, U.K. (IAGA)


Losses from natural hazards have continued to increase steadily. Science is largely responsible for societal failures in satisfactorily coping with many challenging changes in exposures at risk and their vulnerabilities inflicted by growing populations and economies, along with their concentration. Scientists, for their special education, knowledge and skills, owe it to Society, which does not possess the same special knowledge and skills. The multiplicity of natural hazards leads to a disaster upon an extreme event happens, which, by definition, is a particularly rare one in a series of similarly related phenomena. The multiplicity and rareness complicates reliable assessment of the major risks that is the necessary prerequisite for making timely decisions and implementation of the hazard-associated preparedness measures to mitigate humanitarian and economic losses.

Our Symposium encourages presentations that help understanding the key-role of accounting for extreme events in the integrated disaster risk science. Mutual aspects of reliable assessment of risks from natural hazards are addressed in Joint Inter-Association Symposia JV1 Extreme Geological Events (IAVCEI, IAGA, IAG, IASPEI <http://www.iugg2015prague.com/joint-inter-association-symposia.htm#JV>), JH1 Extreme Hydrological Events (IAHS, IACS, IAG, IAMAS) <http://www.iugg2015prague.com/joint-inter-association-symposia.htm#JH> and JP5 Tsunamis (IAPSO, IASPEI) <http://www.iugg2015prague.com/joint-inter-association-symposia.htm#JP5>.

John LaBrecque
IUGG GeoRisk Commission, Vice Chair
1200 South Flagler Drive, Apt 904
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
email: jlabrecq at mac.com
Tel: (202) 431-9546

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