Celebrating achievements & looking forward

As GEM’s first Working Programme (2009-2013) draws to a close, the GEM Foundation presents to partners, collaborators and stakeholders worldwide, the ”Celebrating achievements & looking forward” document for global earthquake risk assessment and a sustainable future for GEM.

This strategic document shares the successes, but also the challenges and the issues, that GEM needs to address as it moves towards its second Working Programme (2014-2018). Long-term impact and sustainability are crucial for the achievement of GEM’s mission.

Starting from 2014, GEM’s focus will shift towards practical implementation, public communication and development of datasets and tools at a local scale, to increase the applicability of the products in the OpenQuake platform for reliable risk mitigation. GEM will look at different collaboration opportunities in order to permeate different levels of risk management, and transfer and translate GEM products into accessible resources at different levels of governance from global to regional, to local. Read more.

Coming soon

GEM Inventory Data Capture Tools (IDCTs)

The full GEM Inventory Data Capture Tools (IDCTs) suite will shortly be released.
It will feature:
  • Direct Observation Tools (Windows and Android)
    A set of robust mobile data collection tools to generate exposure data for Level 2 and Level 3 of the Global Exposure Database. These tools are open-source and fully-aligned with the GEM Building Taxonomy v2.0.
  • Spatial Inventory Data Development (SIDD) Tool  
    The SIDD tool is an essential element for regional exposure development, it allows users to combine expert opinion, sampled data from the mobile tools and data from remote sensing.
  • User Tests 
    The full IDCT suite was thoroughly tested in several functional and workflow demonstrations ranging from L'Aquila (Italy) to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).
The tools will be accompanied by user guides. protocols, and tutorials.
Read more about the project here. To get a flavour of the potential of these tools, check out these videos:
IDCT Windows demo  
IDCT Android demo 

GEM building taxonomy

Help GEM to promote the GEM Building Taxonomy v2.0 and contribute to a live global resource.
The Taxonomy Consortium has developed the TaxT v4.0 tool, a Windows-based computer application, to enable users to record information about a building or a building typology using 13 attributes of the GEM Building Taxonomy v2.0. After having produced one or more reports, users can send their reports to GEM, and together we can enhance the Global Exposure Database. For more instructions on how you can contribute and download the tool, click here


Call for applications

Director of Technology and Development

The GEM Foundation seeks a Director of Technology and Development (DTD) to lead GEM operations and science. The DTD will direct scientific, software, and administrative activities and will have the authority to take operative decisions on technical and scientific matters, and will also manage the team of senior scientists. Together with the Secretary-General, the DTD will plan and implement GEM’s second five-year phase. 
The successful candidate will be well-established scientifically, with a PhD or equivalent experience in an earthquake-related field, and possess ten or more years’ experience in organisational management in the domain of disaster risk modelling or reduction.
Read more for the full job description, applications should be submitted by November 15, 2013. 

Upcoming events

June 30 - July 4, 2014, University College London, UK
The Understanding Risk 2014 Forum

July 21-25, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska
Tenth U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Frontiers of Earthquake Engineering

August 24-29, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey
2nd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (ECEES): a joint event of European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) and European Seismological Commission (ESC)

News from the Regions


Understanding earthquake risk and social vulnerability in Kathmandu

As part of the Social Vulnerability and Integrated Risk Project, the Kathmandu use-case focuses on the effect of rapid urban growth and land-use change on social vulnerability of Kathmandu at the sub-municipal level.
In this context, through an indicator-based approach, the project will support the definition of a set of metrics for measuring socio-economic vulnerability in the context of rapid urban growth.
Read more.

Earthquake Model of the Middle East (EMME) project

The EMME Final Meeting was held in Istanbul, Turkey, between 30th September and 2nd October 2013. 
Speakers and participants shared the latest developments in hazard, risk assessment and mitigation in the Region, and delivered regional probabilistic seismic hazard and risk assessment models. Local scenario risk results for a number of important cities in areas of high seismic hazard, were also presented.

GEM South America integrated Risk Assessment (SARA) project

The Servicio Geológico Colombiano (Colombian Geological Survey, Bogota) will host an initial meeting of the hazard component of SARA from 3rd-6th December. Partners and participants from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela will meet to discuss the main objectives of the SARA hazard component, including:
  • collection and implementation of existing PSHA models,
  • active fault catalogue,
  • seismicity occurrence model for the subduction along the Pacific coast,
  • historical and instrumental catalogues,
  • GPS and tectonics,
  • ground motion prediction equations for hazard analysis in South America, and
  • development of new PSHA model for South America.

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