CODATA co-hosted workshop on risk information management

An interdisciplinary international workshop on “Risk Information Management, Risk Models and Applications” was held in Berlin, Germany, on 17-18 November 2014. The German National Committee for the ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology in cooperation with the German Cartographic Society Commission on “Risks, Disaster, Security”, the UISDR Network on Information and Knowledge Management for Disaster Risk Reduction and relevant Commissions of the International Cartographic Association were convenors of the meeting.

The workshop was designed to enable sharing of best practices and to discuss methodological problems in risk modeling from the point of view of information systems for all phases of the disaster cycle. According to the CODATA principles of the broadest interdisciplinary discourse in the domain of Data for Science and Technology, contributions are expected from different fields of the science communities to exchange best practices and initiate recommendations for future research and development.

The gathering therefore heard a wide range of papers, addressing themes as diverse as the costing of natural hazards and portfolio screening, and historical accounts of the impact of the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and tsunami, on contemporary risk perception in European cities and child-centred risk assessment for integrated risk informed planning. The two days concluded with a session on strategic aspects of R&D demand in the field and recommendations.

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