Special Issue "Single and Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment: Challenges, Tools and Good Practices"

A special issue of GeoHazards (ISSN 2624-795X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Tiago Miguel Ferreira
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Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of the West of England-UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK
Interests: multi-hazard risk analysis; risk and vulnerability reduction; seismic vulnerability; seismic rehabilitation and retrofit; urban resilience; disaster response and reconstruction; geographic information systems
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

Over recent years, there has been increasing concern among the international community about the effects of natural and human-made hazards, whose impacts are becoming more frequent, more severe, and widespread. To tackle this global issue, it is fundamental to engage and develop fundamental and applied research that can lead to more efficient risk mitigation practices and policymaking based on a thorough understanding of the elements at risk and the factors that make them more or less vulnerable to disaster impact. In light of this, the present Special Issue aims to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and new perspectives on the assessment and mitigation of multi-hazard risk. Particularly welcome are contributions dealing with the development, validation, and practical implementation of innovative techniques, methods, and tools to assess, manage, and mitigate single and multi-hazard risk at different scales. 

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following: 

Resilience: Conceptual understanding and multi-disciplinary perspectives; definition of global resilience factors; integrated monitoring/representation systems, surveying, and diagnosis; smart digitized inventories and frameworks. 

Safety: Multi-hazard disaster scenarios and definition of global hazard factors; vulnerability and damage assessment approaches for natural and human-made hazards. 

Adaptive Capacity: Sensitization of local communities; effective advice and adaptation policies of the government and/or societal organizations; emergency response and plans; community engagement and participation.

Risk Assessment: Disaster risk mitigation and communication actions; cost/benefit analysis of emergency versus prevention. 

Dr. Tiago Miguel Ferreira
Guest Editor

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  • Resilience
  • Natural and human-made hazards
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Adaptive capacity
  • Cascading effects
  • Disaster response

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Towards a Semi-Quantitative Approach for Assessing Evacuation Scenarios in the Context of Popocatépetl Volcano, México—The Case of San Pedro Tlalmimilulpan
GeoHazards 2021, 2(1), 1-16; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/geohazards2010001 - 25 Jan 2021
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Volcanic exposure implies multiple hazards for human settlements. The identification of the potential hazards that volcanic activity can entail is a challenge requiring assessing the specific situations that a determined place would face. Popocatépetl, a volcano in the centre of México, represents a [...] Read more.
Volcanic exposure implies multiple hazards for human settlements. The identification of the potential hazards that volcanic activity can entail is a challenge requiring assessing the specific situations that a determined place would face. Popocatépetl, a volcano in the centre of México, represents a significant hazard source, and it is located within a densely populated region with more than 20 million people. Despite the existence of a colour-based volcano alert level system for the current activity of the volcano, it is relevant to assess which local scenarios are more likely depending on numerous variables, namely, related to the distance from the volcano. A semi-quantitative analysis was carried out based on existing hazard maps and considering the probability of occurrence of volcanic explosivity, taking the settlement of San Pedro Tlalmimilulpan as a case study. This analysis led to a hierarchised rank of hazards, providing a basis for analysing multiple scenarios through failure mode and event analysis, failure tree analysis and event tree analysis. This process facilitates the contextualisation of the multiple challenges and potential chains of events that emergency actions, namely, emergency evacuations, would face. The analysis of the critical paths can help to identify critical aspects that could hinder the post-event response. Full article
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