Geohazards and societal benefits: coping with reality
Geohazards continue to provide a growing global challenge to the professional community. Advances in the identification, monitoring and management of geological threats by the international community of scientists and engineers are often met with the “reality” that financial disparity, lack of political will, geographic isolation, situational remoteness, inexperience and other factors may provide unfortunate barriers to the widespread adoption of proven successes that could reduce the negative impacts resulting from exposure to geohazards. This session explores the implications of primary research, secondary consequences and tertiary conclusions related to all types of natural hazards (landslides, earthquakes, volcanism, tsunamis, flooding, etc.) as they are linked to our efforts to improve understanding of, resilience to and management of, such natural threats. Contributors are encouraged to present work that shows how new discoveries, methods, practices and scientific results can be successfully applied globally across all political boundaries to benefit society in general.
Peter Bobrowsky, Brian Marker, Jasper Knight, Catherine Chague-Goff and John Clague