International Development Seismology - Web Sites of Interest to the Community

Natural Hazards Center

The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado publishes an on-line Newsletter.

Fulbright Scholar Competition

The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world." His vision was approved by Congress and the program signed into law by President Truman in 1946

Center for Hazards & Risk Research

The Center for Hazards and Risk Research at Columbia University will pursue several key objectives that lie at the intersection of hazards and risk research:

  • Understanding the predictability of natural and anthropogenic hazards, their direct and indirect impacts, and their deterministic and probabilistic interactions
  • Understanding the social, political and economic context of risk analysis, risk awareness, and risk management, with an international scope
  • Developing quantitative methodologies for aggregating risks from multiple hazards and for estimating direct and indirect losses
  • Developing predictive capability for scenario and impact modeling
  • Evaluating and communicating error and uncertainty at all levels of analysis
  • Developing the knowledge and information systems necessary for community building and community interactions, in order to build resiliency at all levels

Hazards Caucus Alliance

IRIS is a member of the Hazards Caucus Alliance, which has a primary goal of developing a wider understanding within Congress that reducing the risks and costs of natural disasters, as well as man-made hazards, is a public value. That requires educating Members and staff about the costs of these disasters to their districts and states, and the benefits their constituents will realize through greater efforts to understand, prevent, and mitigate all hazards. The alliance supports the efforts of the caucus, originally established under the leadership of co-chairs Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and Senator John Edwards (D-NC) in 2000. A successful caucus reflects a strong partnership between its congressional members and organizations outside Congress that share similar interests. This effort is an outgrowth of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) 2000 forums on public policy issues in natural disaster reduction, a cooperative endeavor of the National Science and Technology Council's Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction, the Institute for Business and Home Safety, and other private sector organizations.

Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction

The Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction is headquartered at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, under the institutional leadership of the Global Institute for Energy and Environmental Systems, has evolved as an epistemic community of more than 1000 experts on disaster reduction and related aspects of sustainable development, representing regional, national and international organizations and institutions, among which are the United Nations, the World Bank, national and regional environmental and disaster mitigation agencies, institutes and relief organizations.

Global Earthquake Model (a.k.a. GSHAP-2)

GEM is a public/private partnership initiated and approved by the Global Science Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-GSF). GEM aims to be the uniform, independent standard to calculate and communicate earthquake risk worldwide. With committed backing from academia, governments, and industry, GEM will contribute to achieving profound, lasting reductions in earthquake risk worldwide.


Global Facility for Disaster Reduction (GFDRR)

In June 2006, the World Bank's Board of Directors endorsed establishment of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, a longer term partnership under the ISDR system to reduce disaster losses by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in development, particularly upstream country strategies and processes, towards fulfillment of principal goals of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA).

GFDRR helps developing countries fund development projects and programs that enhance local capacities for disaster prevention and emergency preparedness. GFDRR grants support disaster risk assessments, developing risk mitigation policies and strategies, preparation of disaster prevention projects and additional financing for recovery provided recipient governments demonstrate commitment to disaster prevention.


Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder

The mission of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder is to advance and communicate knowledge on hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Using an all-hazards and interdisciplinary framework, the Center fosters information sharing and integration of activities among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world; supports and conducts research; and provides educational opportunities for the next generation of hazards scholars and professionals.

The Center maintains a Resources page with an extensive set of links to hazards-related organizations and publishes the bimonthly "Natural Hazards Observer".


Network of Research Infrastructures for European Seismology (NERIES)

NERIES is an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (I3) project in the Sixth Framework Program (FP6) of the European Commission (EC), aiming at networking the European seismic networks, improving access to data, allowing access to specific seismic infrastructures and pursuing targeted research developing the next generation of tools for improved service and data analysis.

The NERIES consortium consists of 25 participants (European universities and research centres) executing 18 different activities: 9 Networking Activities (NA), 5 Joint Research Activities (JRA), and 5 activities concerning Transnational Access (TA). The core of the NERIES project organization lies with the Observatories and Research Facilities for European Seismology (ORFEUS) and the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). Both organizations are working under the auspices of the European Seismological Commission (ESC). The NERIES Project Office is situated at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI).


Infrastructure Management and Extreme Events (IMEE)

The IMEE program focuses on the impact of large-scale hazards on civil infrastructure and society and on related issues of preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery. The program supports research to integrate multiple issues from engineering, social, behavioral, political, and economic sciences. It supports fundamental research on the interdependence of civil infrastructure and society, development of sustainable infrastructures, and civil infrastructure vulnerability and risk reduction.


AAAS Science and Human Rights Program "On Call Scientists"