• Agencia Estatal de Meteorología
  • CIMA Research Foundation
  • Comissionat per a Universitats i Recerca del Departament d'Innovació, Universitats I Empresa de la Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Consell Asesor per al Desenvolupament Sostenible
  • European Geosciences Union
  • European Science Foundation
  • FLASH project
  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Generalitat de Catalunya-Direcció General de Protecció Civil
  • Meteorological Service of Catalonia
  • Ministerio de Ciencia y Innovación
  • University of Barcelona


Societal Impacts, Risk Management, Responses, and Education
Co-Convener: B. D. Malamud 

This session examines Mediterranean Storms and their impact on society. The analysis of societal impacts of natural hazards is becoming increasingly important and using multidisciplinary approaches. Observing and assessing societal impact are major tools for improving the adaptation and resilience of society, particularly for natural hazards and in the framework of sustainable development. The objective of this session is to provide a multidisciplinary forum for presentations and discussions of our current state of knowledge about the societal impacts of Mediterranean Storms. This session solicits studies that (i) assess the vulnerability of societies facing natural hazards (e.g. flash floods), especially through historical analysis and modelling of damage; (ii) assessment of recent developments on risk management and different responses developed by different societies and cultural backgrounds; (iii) studies and theories that address how citizens react in front of failures of the authority in charge of their protection; (iv) how we as scientists and policy makers communicate and educate students, the public, and government agencies about natural hazards; (v) communication by the press, radio, TV or internet. This session aims to be a meeting point between different stakeholders and those with different levels of expertises on the societal impact of Mediterranean Storms, including academics, civil protection, mass media and so on.