Ever wondered what would happen if your country suffered an extreme disaster such as a volcano, an earthquake, a tsunami or even a severe drought?
Have you ever thought that many lives and properties would be lost in the event of such a disaster?
Indeed such events although rare, do have a high impact, posing a severe threat to humanity and the overall sustainability to societies the world over.
The document “Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience” produced by the European Science Foundation (ESF), the Group on Earth Observations (GEH) and the Geohazard Community of Practice (GHCP), “highlights the urgency of establishing an effective dialogue with a large community of stakeholders in order to develop robust risk management, disaster risk reduction, resilience, and sustainability plans in the coming years and decades” (GEO, 2015).
Such a document also stresses the importance of developing the relevant methodology to assess the potentially global impacts that a major hazard result in, as well as, to ensure that societies are able to reestablish themselves efficiently after such. One major requirement seen as necessary, to ensure some level of preparedness, is a a global monitoring system that could provide sufficiently early warnings, should such a major hazardous event develop.
Geohazardous events identified in the text include earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, flash flooding, landslides, bolides (meteor that explodes in the atmosphere) and volcanoes.
As noted in the conclusion and recommendations of the document, “for extreme geohazards, having access to data during the phase where the hazardous event is developing could lead to a better understanding of the potential for an extreme event and inform decisions to prepare for such an event” (European Science Foundation, 2015).
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