Climate and Disaster Risk
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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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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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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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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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.
Research Group Projects
European Topic Centre on Climate change Adaptation and LULUCFDuration: December 2021 - December 2026Funding: Public institutions (Other projects ...
EU H2020 IMPETUS - Dynamic information Management approach for the implementation of climate ...Duration: September 2021 - September 2025Funding: Societal Challenge (Horizon 2020 ...
Facilitating the next generation of effective and intelligent water-related policies utilising ...Duration: August 2021 - August 2025
Transboundary Storm Risk and Impact Assessment in Alpine regionsDuration: December 2020 - December 2022Funding: Other EU Funding (EU funding / ...
Natural Hazards in the Mountain Environment: Risk Management and ResponsibilityDuration: September 2020 - December 2022Funding: Provincial P.-L.P. 14. Research ...
Integration of static and dynamic landslide controls at multiple-scales using data-driven and ...Duration: September 2020 - December 2022Funding: Provincial P.-L.P. 14. Research ...