Natural Hazards

What is coming at the next EGU’s General Assembly?

The next EGU’s General Assembly is taking place in three weeks! We bet you already started planning your program for the week, and that Natural Hazard (NH) sessions are included, and, especially if you are an Early Career Scientist, you have found many sessions and courses targeting your specific needs and interests.

What fits more to your interests: Attend talks and posters, learn and improve skills, or take an active role in a serious game? Or maybe all of them? To get to the point, the Natural hazards Early Career scientist Team (NhET) is organizing five activities during the General Assembly that you can find in the NH division program. Let’s have a look at them!

Monday 9th April

To start with, there will be a session about “Communicating and Managing Natural Risks” (1) on Monday. The aim of this session is to promote studies that improve communication and actions for the mitigation of natural risks, using different methods and tools. The session includes both oral and poster presentations. During the poster session, you will also have the possibility to meet the people currently and actively involved in NhET and get more information about ongoing and future activities! Last year, we expanded the network with many young scientists of various disciplines. This is another reason why we invite you to attend this session and get the chance to be part of this growing network of young scientists!

On the same day, there will be a special event where you can get in touch with people sharing common interests. We organize a “Research Speed Dating” (2) where you can meet other Early Career Scientists with similar interests and share ideas together through 3-10 min speed-dates. If you are interested in participating, we ask you to register at the following link https://goo.gl/forms/L7kDytQdMv7a18aM2; your registration will greatly help us to organize and better match you and your ‘dates’. Take part in this event, and even if you forget to register: you are more than welcome to stop by!

Wednesday 11th April

An interesting course will be held on Wednesday: during the time of the session, you can play an active role as a member of the society in a real case scenario of natural hazard, either as a scientist, a member of the population, the local authority or member of the media. This is the “Serious Games for Natural Hazard” (3). If you would like to attend this game, help us to organize it better by registering at the following link https://goo.gl/forms/Ou0HFxM19rB7MFGZ2. Anyway, the game is open to everyone who wants to attend and all of you are welcome!

Friday 13th April

Remember that the conference last until Friday, and we have interesting activities to convince you remaining at the conference until the very last minute. That day, there will be a workshop about “Open-Source software for simulating stability of slopes” (4) where you can get insights into the use of the open source software OpenLISEM Multi-Hazard model for landslide simulations through a practical demonstration. The software is user-friendly, available for Windows and Linux, and you can download it at the following link https://sourceforge.net/projects/lisem. Also, several test datasets will be made free for download before the workshop (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwWPZu9zWW2ReUJ6UUl3UVctWnM). Just bring your motivation… and the software downloaded if possible!

Finally, but not less important, there will be a PICO session about an emerging topic: the “Hazard effects of climate change on agriculture and forested zones” (5). Here the focus is on the use of remote sensing and modelling for monitoring and evaluating the risks for society and environment in climate-related hazard events. We encourage you to participate, especially because it is an important contemporary topic with high impact on our society and this session can help better understanding the current state of the art on the topic.

As you can see, the activities are varied and we hope we have moved your interest and curiosity to attend one, some or all of them. We are looking forward to seeing you and meeting you at these events!

The Natural Hazards Early Career Scientist Team (NhET).


(1) Methods and Tools for Natural Risk Management and Communications – Innovative ways of delivering information to end users and sharing data among the scientific community – Session NH9.12/AS5.17/CL5.30/ESSI1.9/GI0.4/GMPV6.12/HS11.44/SM3.15/SSS13.66 – Convener: Raffaele Albano | Co-Conveners: Valeria Cigala, Jonathan Rizzi. Monday, 09 Apr, 13:30-15:00 / Room L8 (Orals) and 17:30-19:00 / Hall X1 (Posters).

(2) Speed-dating: Research-match making – Session SC3.19/NH10.3 – Convener: Giulia Roder | Co-Conveners: Raffaele Albano, Luigi Lombardo, Jonathan Rizzi. Monday, 09 Apr, 15:30-17:00 / Room -2.31.

(3) Serious games for Natural Hazards: understand the different roles in natural hazard prevention and management through a simple exercise – Session SC2.18/NH10.2 – Convener: Valeria Cigala | Co-Conveners: Raffaele Albano, Graziella Devoli, Jonathan Rizzi, Giulia Roder. Wednesday, 11 Apr, 10:30-12:00 / Room -2.91.

(4) Open-Source simulations: slope stability and failure in a hydrological catchment model – Session SC1.30/NH10.1 – Convener: Luigi Lombardo | Co-Conveners: Raffaele Albano, Victor Jetten, Cees van Westen, Bastian van den Bout. Friday, 13 Apr, 10:30-12:00 / Room -2.85.

(5) Hazard and risk assessment of climate related impacts on Agricultural and Forested Ecosystems using Remote Sensing and modelling – Session NH6.7/GI2.23/SSS13.57 – Convener: Jonathan Rizzi | Co-Conveners: Mahesh Rao, Luigi Lombardo, Andy Nelson, Dennis Corwin. Friday, 13 Apr, 13:30-15:00 / PICO spot 4.

I am originally from Chile. I studied my BSc and MSc in Geology in Chile where I was always interested in natural hazards and communication between science and communities. During my masters, I focused on Volcanology and I am currently doing a PhD at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München, Germany, on that topic. My research is focused on experimentally understanding the response of shallow magma chambers under decompression and determine how eruptible they are. I joined the NhET in 2017 in order to collaborate and stay active in this important topic. I contribute to the Blog and capture the team events in videos and photos.

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