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PARATUS is at Understanding Risk Global Forum, in Brazil

From 28 November to 2 December, the Understanding Risk Global Forum 2022 (UR22) will provide an inclusive, fun, and creative environment for academics, students, policymakers, entrepreneurs, community organizations, and development partners to share knowledge and foster non-traditional interactions and partnerships. The latest research, innovative projects, and emerging ideas in disaster risk management will be presented at UR22. This year's theme, "Riding the waves of risk," focuses on climate and disaster risks in a multi-hazard world. On Monday 28 November, Funda Atun will present one of the ignite talks during the opening ceremony and on Tuesday 29 November, ITC's own Funda Atun and Cees van Westen will host a panel discussion on PARATUS - together with some of the members of PARATUS.

The panel discussion will be hybrid. It is possible to join online by paying for a registration ticket. Students can join for free. The event will be from 14:15 - 15:15 (Amsterdam Time; GMT +1). 

Paratus: promoting disaster preparedness and resilience

The ongoing pandemic and climate crisis have taught us hard lessons about the systemic impact of compounding disasters. Stakeholders in disaster risk management are faced with the challenge to adapt their risk reduction policies and emergency plans but lack the tools to account for the cross-sectoral impacts and dynamic nature of the risks involved. In this panel discussion, we aim to talk about this gap and the ways to develop an open-source platform for dynamic risk assessment for allowing to analyse and evaluate multi-hazard impact chains, risk reduction measures, and disaster response scenarios in the light of systemic vulnerabilities and uncertainties.

We will discuss these services together with the unique transdisciplinary audience of the UR. To gain a deeper understanding of multi-hazard impact chains, we will discuss the forensic analysis of historical disaster events to augment historical disaster databases with hazard interactions and sectorial impacts and exploit remote sensing data with artificial intelligence methods. Building on these insights, we will discuss the ways to develop new exposure and vulnerability analysis methods that enable systemic risk assessment across sectors (e.g. humanitarian, transportation, communication) and geographic settings (e.g. islands, mountains, megacities). We will discuss various methods to analyse risk changes across space and time and to develop new scenarios and risk mitigation options together with stakeholders, using innovative serious games and social simulations.

Other speakers during this session:

  • Seda Kundak from Istanbul Technical University
  • Marcelo Sabanes from RAN Network
  • Massimiliano Pittore from EURAC

More information about PARATUS

Visit this news article to learn more about the PARATUS project.