Climate and Disaster Risk
The Climate and Disaster Risk (CDR) research group aims at understanding and modeling impacts and risks related to Natural Hazards in mountainous regions under non-stationary conditions - including Climate Change - at different spatial and temporal scales, with a transdisciplinary, integrated approach. Given the complexity of this challenge, the CDR unit gathers around 15 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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Development and provision of enhanced and consistent climate information supporting 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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This research line aims at advancing and harmonizing the detection, characterization and prediction of mass movements in mountains at multiple spatial and temporal scales, with a combination of statistical approaches and the exploitation of remote sensing data.
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This research line aims at improving (climate) risk assessment and risk analysis as a basis for adaptation and prevention, efficiently harmonising 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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The risk governance research line aims at understanding and analysing the multifaceted aspects of the governance of climate and disaster risk, both in theoretical and in applied terms, to improve risk knowledge and risk management. In our current work we analyse and assess community resilience, risk perception as well as risk communication with the aim to integrate them into an inclusive and effective risk governance. 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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Robin Lennart Kohrs
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Mateo Moreno Zapata
Eirini Maria Skrimizea
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Research Group Projects
CoupEvent: Hillslope - Channel coupling during extreme events in South TyrolDuration: February 2020 - February 2022Funding:
European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and AdaptationDuration: December 2018 - December 2021
Natural Hazards in the Mountain Environment: Risk Management and ResponsibilityDuration: September 2020 - December 2022
Integration of static and dynamic landslide controls at multiple-scales using data-driven and ...Duration: September 2020 - December 2022
Transboundary Storm Risk and Impact Assessment in Alpine regionsDuration: December 2020 - December 2022
UNCHAIN – A new generation of action- and user-oriented climate change risk assessmentsDuration: September 2019 - June 2022Funding:
Vanishing Treasures UNEP
Climate resilient mountain ecosystems for resilient livelihoods and mountain flagship speciesDuration: December 2020 - April 2022