Climate and Disaster Risk

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The Climate and Disaster Risk (CDR) research group pursues the understanding and modeling of impacts and risks, including Climate Change, related to Natural Hazards in mountainous regions under changing conditions at different spatial and temporal scales, with a transdisciplinary, integrated approach. Given the complexity of this challenge, the CDR Research Group comprises researchers with expertise ranging from physics, data science and geospatial processing to environmental management and planning, human, political and social sciences. The activities are organized along four main research lines: climate services, natural hazards, risk assessment and risk governance.

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Climate and Weather

The research line aims at improving the understanding of weather and climate variability and climate change and the assessment of interactions between climate, including extremes, and hazards, especially in mountain areas. Statistical methods and processing chains are developed to derive timely climate analyses and projections based multiple data sources (models, in-situ observations, remote sensing) and covering multiple temporal and spatial scales. Data and analyses are intended to support hazard modelling, risk assessment and climate change adaptation.

Contact person: Alice Crespi

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Natural Hazards

This research line aims at advancing the detection, understanding, and prediction of various natural hazards at multiple temporal and spatial scales, with a specific focus on mass movement phenomena and data-driven modelling techniques. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the comprehension and modelling of the complex relationship between various mass movement drivers (e.g., extreme weather, antecedent conditions, seasonality, environmental predisposition) and how they evolve over time and space under climate change.

Contact person: Massimiliano Pittore

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Risk Assessment

This branch of research aims at improving (climate) risk assessment and risk analysis as a basis for adaptation and prevention, efficiently harmonizing Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation and developing robust interdisciplinary risk assessment methodologies and tools to provide information and evaluate the potential impacts of climate change and natural hazards, In particular The Risk Assessment research line also aims at integrating the outcomes of the other three research lines to achieve a balanced integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches in a transdisciplinary framework.

Contact persons: Massimiliano Pittore, Kathrin Renner, Marc Zebisch

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Risk Governance

The risk governance research line aims at understanding and analyzing multifaceted aspects of the governance of climate and disaster risk, both in theoretical and in applied terms with the goal of improving risk knowledge, risk management and climate change adaptation. In our work, we analyze community resilience and risk perception as well as risk communication with the aim of an inclusive and effective risk governance approach . In our projects, we use quantitative and qualitative social science methods such as surveys, interviews, workshops, participant observation, focused ethnography and policy analysis. This research line works closely with the research area “Transformation towards climate just societies”.

Contact person: Lydia Pedoth


Publication Climate and Disaster Risk group

The scientific publications of this research group are the following:

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As part of the GreenRisk4ALps project, our researchers organized and moderated a workshop in several study areas along the Alpine region where strengths and weaknesses related to risk management were discussed. The event in the photo, held in the study area "Val Ferret" in Courmayeur (AO) on 19.11.2019, was attended by several authorities of the Italian autonomous region Valle d'Aosta.© Eurac Research
As part of the RiKoST project, middle and high schools from 8 municipalities were involved in the project. In this picture students are attending a lesson about natural hazards.© Eurac Research
Within the RiKoST project meetings were held with mayors, citizens and stakeholders of the municipalities participating in the project to raise awareness on the issue of risk communication. The picture shows a discussion table with the mayor of Braies (BZ) and a technician of the Agency for Civil Protection of the Autonomous Province of Bolzano.© Eurac Research
This map shows which regions in Germany could be particularly affected by climate extremes - tropical days, droughts and heavy rainfall in the coming decades.© Eurac Research - Kathrin Renner
Our researchers during a field visit of an eroded channel in the Alai Mountains as part of a study on climate risks in Tajikistan. © Eurac Research

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