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Natural Hazards 101: The disaster cycle

Natural Hazards 101: The disaster cycle

With the Natural Hazards 101 series, we meant to bring our readers closer to the terminology often used in the field of natural hazards, but that may not be so familiar. We started defining the very concept of hazard and natural hazard. We moved then to the concept of risk, which brought us to define exposure and vulnerability.  In this episode, we are going to digest the disaster terminology prov ...[Read More]

Natural Hazards 101: The concept of risk

Natural Hazards 101: The concept of risk

  In the first episode of the series of posts called Natural Hazards 101, we focused on the definition of hazard and natural hazard considering the recent literature. In this episode, we wish to draw your attention to the concept of risk. Although a commonly used word the term risk might mean different things to different people. What does risk represent and what it means in the context of na ...[Read More]

Natural Hazards 101 – What is a – natural – hazard?

Natural Hazards 101 – What is a – natural – hazard?

We often talk about different natural hazards, how researchers investigate them and solutions to mitigate their effects on society, infrastructures and the environment. However, we have never really stopped for a moment to define a hazard, a natural hazard and much of the terminology in the field that can sometimes be evasive and not so straightforward to understand. Thus, we start this series of ...[Read More]

To be or not to be a ‘natural’ disaster: that is the question

To be or not to be a ‘natural’ disaster: that is the question

The story of science is replete with theories that only become accepted by the scientific community after long and protracted uphill battles, said Howard Wolinsky in his commentary in Science and Society in 2008. Sometimes they are rejected, ridiculed, or they take time to be validated, digested, and likely accepted. However, in my opinion, the scientific discussion over new hypotheses is at the h ...[Read More]