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  Information - NH9.07 Natural Hazards Impact on Urban Areas and Infrastructure

Event Information
What does 'impact' mean? It comes from the Latin 'impactus', past participle of 'impingere', to push against. The etymology remained, as 'to have an impact on'; means 'to impinge on', also in other European languages (ex. in Romanian: 'a împinge' and 'împins'). The 'impact' means the effect on.

In frame of this session the latest research results in the field of 'Natural Hazards Impact on Urban Areas and Infrastructure' will be discussed. A special emphasis will lay on communication issues among geoscientists and urban planners.

Traditional urban planning meant creating a plan as illustration of the present and future reality, as well as of the process to get there. Since the 80s the implementation of the plan is included in a new kind of planning, called strategic planning. Typical steps in such a planning are: recognition of problems and opportunities, diagnosis, formulation of the mission, definition of objectives and sub-objectives, setting up of measures packages with their communication and implementation means, formulation of an action plan and possible pilot/model projects.

As in previous years, scenarios on urban vulnerability to floods, earthquakes, landslides, climate extremes or volcanic eruptions are expected.

Natural, engineering and social sciences contribute to the evaluation of the effect of natural hazards on urban areas. Urban planning contributes to the formulation and implementation of strategic concepts for risk management.

You are cordially invited to submit an abstract on one of the following or a related topic:

- hazard and vulnerability (damage) assessment in urban areas,
- urban risk reduction strategies,
- risk mapping, visualisation and communication techniques of the assessed effect of natural hazards on urban areas,
- urban planning instruments for natural hazards&/ risk management strategies (ex. master plans),
- partnership models between the actors involved in the decision making process for disaster mitigation,
- lessons learned from the relationship between hazard, vulnerability and impact in recent events.

Contributions addressing the development of conceptual models or case studies are equally welcome.

Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Dr. Reginald Hermanns
Geological Survey of Canada / Commission Gčologique du Canada

on the
Multinational Andean Project: Geoscience for Andean Communities


Prof. Rainer Flesch
arsenal research, Vienna, Austria

on a sub-project within the
LESSLOSS European Integrated Project "Risk Mitigation for Earthquakes and Landslides" (


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