2002

Conferences, workshops and events

  • Meeting of the IUGG Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability and Workshop Science for Reduction of Risk and Sustainable Development of Society (Budapest, Hungary, June 15-16, 2002)

    The IUGG GeoRisk Commission and working group "Science and Urgent Problems of Society" of the European Association for Promotion of Science and Technology (EUROSCIENCE) are organizers of the Workshop to be help in the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in the framework of Euroscience General Assembly. The Workshop will be followed by the meeting of the GeoRisk Commission.

    General Report on the Workshop "Science for Reduction of Risk and Sustainable Development of Society".

Related meetings

  • United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development , Johannesburg, South Africa, September, 2002
  • United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development is held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September, 2002. For more detail see http://www.unisdr.org/unisdr/WSSD.htm

  • HAZARDS 2002 NINTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON NATURAL AND HUMAN-MADE HAZARDS Disaster Mitigation in The Perspective of the New Millennium 3-6 October 2002, Antalya, Turkey
  • HAZARDS 2002 NINTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON NATURAL AND HUMAN-MADE HAZARDS Disaster Mitigation in The Perspective of the New Millennium 3-6 October 2002, Antalya, Turkey

    We would like to inform you that HAZARDS 2002 is about geological, meteorological, hydrological, marine, and human-made hazards.

    The following is the list of topics to be followed specifically

  • Disaster prevention, mitigation and management,
  • Economic, social and political aspects,
  • Public education and preparedness, Lessons drawn from past disasters,
  • Community participation in disaster mitigation,
  • Adaptation and risk assessment,
  • Insurance,
  • Psychological and sociological aspects of Disaster,
  • Disaster information,
  • Tele and local tsunamis (generation, propagation, modeling)
  • Avalanches and snow hazards,
  • The IDNDR and ISDR: Lessons learned and follow ups,
  • NGO, NPO and Volunteer contributions
  • If you are interested in presenting a paper or participating at the meeting, you can visit the web site of the symposium http://www.hazards2002.metu.edu.tr

  • Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), "Natural and Manmade Hazards Management", Houston, Texas, 10-19 October, 2002

    Organizer R. P. Singh

    For more detail see http://www.copernicus.org/COSPAR/COSPAR.html

    More than two decades, multi sensors data over the globe covering spatial and spectral resolutions are available. These data are being used to deduce numerous parameters of land, vegetation, forest, ocean, snow and atmosphere. These parameters are being used as an indicator to have information about the state of land, ocean and atmosphere. Contributed papers dealing with multisensor data and GIS techniques in monitoring, mapping, quantification, early warning and management of various Natural and Manmade Hazards such as: Cyclones / Hurricanes Volcano / Volcanic ash Earthquakes Droughts Forest fires Soil Erosion Snow avalanches Mass movements Oil Spills Landslides Subsidence Lightning El-Nino are invited.

  • Climate Variability and Change and the Management of Water-Related Disaster Risks, Bangkok, Thailand November, 2002
  • Organizer David Jezeph, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

    The effects of climate change are expected to be greatest in developing countries in terms of loss of life and relative effects on investment and the economy," said the report released in Geneva. Changing rainfall patterns coupled with population growth would lead to huge pressure on water supplies, it predicted. The report said that at present 1.7 billion people live in areas where water resources are tight. This was likely to increase to about 5.4 billion over the next 25 years. It said a reduction in crop yields would lead to an increase in malnutrition in vulnerable areas -- especially in drought-prone parts of Africa. Even more serious was the risk from rising sea levels in densely populated coastal areas ranging from Egypt to Poland to Vietnam "The most widespread direct risk to human settlements is flooding and landslides."

    Predictions for Asia:

    High temperatures, drought, floods and soil degradation likely will diminish food production in arid and tropical parts of Asia. Northern areas may see an increase in productivity. Rises in the sea level and more intense tropical cyclones likely will displace tens of millions of people in low-lying coastal areas of temperate and tropical Asia.

    Predictions for Small Island States:

    A projected sea level rise of two tenths of an inch per year for the next 100 years will increase coastal erosion, damage to ecosystems, loss of land and dislocation of people. Coral reefs will be damaged and fisheries harmed. Tourism -- an important source of income -- likely will face severe disruption from climate change and sea level rise.

    IDRM, in cooperation with ESCAP, will conduct a series of conferences that will discuss specific concerns on water related disaster risks generated by climate change and variability, and their effects on key sectors such as Agriculture and Food Security, Population and Health, Environment and Natural Resources, and Industry and Economy. 3 case studies will be prepared in advance of the conference; Conferences will also expand into environmental disaster risks in the follow up phase. The first conference is planned for November 2002.

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