Effective risk communication in the Earth Sciences
  • Room 018, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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The School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences organises a regular series of research seminars throughout the academic year to which everyone is welcome to attend. Speakers - both external and internal to the University - will talk on topics related to all aspects of Earth Sciences.

Today's speaker is Johanna Ickert from Plymouth University.

Georisks and the severity of their impacts have dramatically increased over the past decades, especially in densely populated urban environments. At the same time, communicating hazard science to inhabitants of urban at-risk neighbourhoods is still a key challenge for geoscientists. 

Major disaster risk reduction frameworks such as the Sendai framework 2015-30 (SFDRR) point out the need to develop communication strategies and preparedness actions progressively through a participatory process and to tailor them to the needs of users, including social and cultural requirements. But how can geoscientists respond to this abstract claim? 

This seminar will provide an analysis of recent risk communication practices and case studies and try to bring clarity into the different modes of risk communication. It is important to acknowledge and understand these modes in the context of their normative assumptions and within the disaster cycle, and to identify their appropriateness to put the Sendai guidelines into action. 

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