Natural Hazards

The risk of a Natural Hazard blog is now real, be prepared!

The risk of a Natural Hazard blog is now real, be prepared!

Hello and welcome to the blog of the Natural Hazards division! Starting from today we will try to enrich your readings every two weeks on Monday morning with a new blog post!

Our division encompasses and intersects various topics in geoscience. For this reason, we will aim to diversify the content from post to post, each time focusing on a different aspect of the complex natural hazard world.

We have structured our blog to feature either the Interview of the month or the Paper of the month. The former will give you the chance to dive into the perspectives of both young and established scientists regarding research activities and state of the art applications for managing/understanding natural hazards. The latter will be a review of important articles that have significantly contributed to the hazard science. Due to the wide breath of the division, we will balance the posts to keep the scientific content and make it clear to a wide readership.

Updates regarding natural hazard activities for ECSs (technical trainings, courses, summer schools and much more) will also be posted on a regular basis giving you the chance to stay up to date with our division.

Similarly, we aim at giving you the chance to check job offers and career opportunity though our page.

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We belong to a huge division and being few we may overlook some topics of your interest. In such case, feel free to suggest any discussion alongside with any other suggestion you may have to improve our blog. If your interest goes even beyond, you are welcome to contribute with a blog post. In both cases, you can contact us at

  1. our email: nhecsteam@gmail.com
  2. our google group: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nhet


Once again, welcome to our blog and we hope you enjoy readings!

The Natural Hazards Early Career Scientist Team (NhET).

My name is Luigi Lombardo and I am an Assistant Professor at ITC, Faculty Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation since January 2019. My hobby is to do scientific research in the field of geomorphology and statistics. And, my job is to share this knowledge with other people with the same interest and with the public. For this reason, I joined the EGU early career scientists of the Natural Hazard division (NhET) in 2016. Since then I contributed to the activities of the group and now, together with part of the team we will manage the Natural Hazard blog of the EGU. It goes without saying it, but being Italian, I love cooking and has also worked as a sous chef in my youth.


  1. Hi there!

    My name is Yago Martín, I’m from Spain and currently pursuing my PhD at the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute at the University of South Carolina.

    My research interest right now is exploring human spatial behavior during emergencies with passive citizen-sensor data (i.e. social media, phone call data…). I also have experience modeling human wildfire ignition risk and vulnerability assessments.

    I hope this group/blog is productive and I can collaborate in the near future.


    • Hello Yago and welcome!

      The research you are carrying out looks extremely interesting and even more promising. Social media and mobile data in general can be a key for future hazard response measures. I believe that if properly used, such data can quickly spatially constrain areas that underwent any type of disaster. In addition, the temporal dimension can further provide imaging capabilities to monitor the evolution of these disasters. Of course, the same information can open up studies on human behavior under such stressful/dangerous circumstances.

      I know a PhD student working at ITC, University of Twente (the Netherlands) which uses the very same data to produce rapid hazard maps. Her name is Valentina Cerutti and she a brilliant and very curious researcher. She may be interested in your research as it complements hers very well.

      As for your interest in collaborating with us, it goes without saying it, your topic fits very well with our blog. Thus, it would be a pleasure for us to have you as our guest for an interview/open discussion.

      Your message is actually the very first we received so it has a particular meaning for all of us. So, once again, welcome to our blog and thanks for your interest!!

  2. Hi, my name is Afif GHAITH and i am a PhD student in co-direction between Lebanese CNRS and University of Ferrara. I am also Navy officer, head of Lebanese hydrographic service, CAT A certificate hydrographer.
    As Lebanese waters are poorly analysed, i took the advantage to study the morphology of Lebanese canyons and its roles in submarine mass movements.
    I joined the EGU early scientists of the Natural Hazard division (NhET) in 2017, and i am planning to contribute more in all activities.
    Thank you all,


    • Hello Afif and Salam-Aleikum!

      I am a postdoctoral research fellow at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia). Thus, it’s a great pleasure to see that our blog has reached other Middle East countries!

      Your research is extremely interesting, particularly for me, as I am a geomorphologist working on landslides (although subaerial). There’s a very nice group of marine geologists working at University of Palermo (Italy) and I am sure that your collaborators at University of Ferrara know them very well. Are you surveying the mathymetry through multibeam only or are us combining other methods?

      I completely understand when you say that Lebanese waters are poorly analysed. Even in Saudi Arabia, some areas still have great potential for research and discoveries along the Red Sea coast (to my best knowledge).

      I was not aware that you joined us and this is quite a surprise! My main duties at the moment mainly comprise the management of the blog, together with part of NhET (Valeria Cigala and Jonathan Rizzi above all). Thus, we may not have had the chance to be introduced due to parallel activities run from other NhET members. This requires a double welcome, one in our blog and the second in our team.

      See you in the next meeting then!


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