Session 5 : Natural hazards and risk

(Chair: NN)

Central Asia is highly exposed and vulnerable to natural hazards. These include earthquakes and their secondary effects (e.g. landslides and glacier lake outburst floods) as well as meteorologically triggered disasters (such as riverine and pluvial floods, mudflows or droughts). Both, exposure and vulnerability are expected to further increase due to climatic and demographic changes. In order to address geohazards and georisks in Central Asia, governments and the international community have undertaken an increasing number of initiatives. However, many of these efforts are constrained by a lack of data and a limited understanding of underlying processes. This session invites dedicated researchers and practitioners and intends to discuss the scientific progress in the field of geo-risk assessment and mitigation in Central Asia.

Contributions regarding the dynamics and drivers of geo-environmental hazards (e.g. floods, landslides, slope failures, earthquakes and droughts) at different spatial and temporal scales are welcome. We particularly invite contributions on the predictability of environmental hazards as well as studies focusing on risk management, communication and decision-making and on disaster resilience.

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