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SPM1.53

Extreme Geohazards: Reducing Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience (public)
Convener: Hans-Peter Plag 
Tue, 14 Apr, 13:30–15:00 / Room Y3
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With support from the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Geohazards Community of Practice (GHCP) of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has prepared a White Paper on the risk associated with low-probability, high-impact geohazards. These extreme events are in general not sufficiently accounted for in risk management, although the potential impacts of these events on modern society could lead to global disasters or catastrophes. The White Paper aims to increase the awareness of the risk associated with extreme geohazards as a basis for a comprehensive risk management and its recommendations focus on the scientific, social, and governance challenges that need to be addressed in order to reduce the high risk associated with these events. We will present the main conclusions and recommendations of the White Paper and discuss with the audience specific steps towards disaster risk reduction and increased resilience for the case of extreme geohazards. More information on the meeting will be made available at the GHCP web page at http://www.geohazcop.org/workshops.