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 non-stationary conditions at different spatial and temporal scales, with a transdisciplinary, integrated approach. Given the complexity of this challenge, the CDR unit comprises researchers with expertise ranging from physics, data science and geospatial processing to environmental management, sociology, and anthropology. The activities are organized along four main research lines: climate services, natural hazards, risk assessment and risk governance.

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Climate Services

Development and provision of enhanced and consistent climate information in order to support projects and the other research lines. This includes the enhanced characterization of key climate extremes for mountain regions by combining different types of data (e.g. climate data, remote and in-situ observations), and improving the integration of climate information into impact and risk assessment processing chains.

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Natural Hazards

This research line aims at advancing and harmonizing the detection, characterization and prediction of mass wasting in mountains at multiple spatial and temporal scales, with a combination of statistical approaches in combination with remote sensing data.

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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. The Risk Assessment research line also aims at leveraging the outcomes of the other three research lines to achieve a balanced integration of quantitative and qualitative approaches in a transdisciplinary framework.

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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 and risk management. In our current work we analyze and assess community resilience and risk perception as well as risk communication with the aim of inclusive and effective risk governance integration. In our projects we use quantitative and qualitative social science methods such as questionnaires, interviews, workshops, focused ethnography and focus groups.

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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
Research group members
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Research Group Projects

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Project

ETC-CA

European Topic Centre on Climate change Adaptation and LULUCF

Duration: December 2021 - December 2026Funding: Public institutions (Other projects ...

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Climate and Disaster Risk Projects

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