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Hydro-meteorological hazards such as landslides and snow avalanches, debris flows, flash floods and river flooding have severe impact on society and economy, especially in mountain areas. The observed increase in disastrous events over the last decade, associated with an often low perception of most natural risks by the communities involved, along with the lack of efficient, socially accepted and environmentally sound remedial measures are amongst the drivers behind the increasing effects of hydro-meteorological risks. It is also evident that the effects of land use changes have to be taken into account not only within the risk analysis, but also in the planning strategies. Considering such challenges, it is important to continue to develop an advanced understanding of how environmental, climate and socio-economic changes will affect the temporal and spatial patterns of hydro-meteorological hazards and associated risks, how these changes can be assessed, modelled, and incorporated into sustainable risk management strategies (focusing on spatial planning, emergency preparedness, risk communication and early warning systems).

The conference provides an opportunity to discuss multi-hazard risks and multi-disciplinary research results on the effects of changing of hydro-meteorological risks and their effects on planning strategies. The conference focus is put both 1) on technical sessions presenting the state of the art research in the understanding of the natural processes and in the development of innovative methodologies for quantitative hazard and risk forecasts, and 2) on the practical integration of natural, engineering, economical and human sciences within multi-scale methodologies for risk management and prevention planning.

The conference represents the culmination of the EC’s co-funded projects CHANGES (Changing Hydro-meteorological risks as Analysed by a New Generation of European Scientists), and IncREO (Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation) and will provide a forum for exchange of ideas related to effective risk management strategies. Case studies as well as conceptual approaches are most welcome. 

Extended abstracts:
  The deadline for submission of abstracts has passed. 
The final programme is now available. .
Extended abstracts can be submitted before 9 November 2014. For more information click here.

Conference fee:
  Late and On site fee is € 300.
The fee includes access to the scientific sessions, digital proceedings and refreshments.
  Tuesday 18 November

08.30 – 09.00: Registration
09.00 – 09.10: Opening (Marc Mueller)
09.10 – 09.30: Keynote lecture Suzanne Lacasse (NGI)
09.30 – 10.30: Session A: Forecasting future changes in hydro-meteorological hazards. 
Moderator: Mihai Micu.  4 presentations
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30: Session A: Forecasting future changes in hydro-meteorological hazards. 
Moderator: Jean-Philippe Malet.  6 presentations
12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch and poster session (16 posters)
13.30 – 15.00 : Session B: Generating of asset maps, exposure analysis and vulnerability assessment. 
Moderator: Alessandro Pasuto.   6 presentations
15.00 – 15.30 : Coffee break
15.30 – 17.00 : Session C: Risk Management, risk communication and risk governance in a changing
Moderator: Stefan Greiving.  6 presentations
17.00 – 18.00 : Drinks and poster session (18 posters)

  Wednesday 19 November

09.00 – 10.30 : Session D: Methods for modelling changing risk to hydro-meteorological hazards 
Moderator: Thomas Glade. 6 presentations.
10.30 – 11.00 : Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30 : Session E: Earth Observation data, geo-information and visualization tools for risk assessment.
Moderator: Marc Mueller. 6 presentations
12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch and poster session (23 posters and demonstrations)
13.30 – 15.00 : Session F: Joint session with UNEP: Ecosystem-based disaster risk management. 
Moderator:  Karen Sudmeier. 6 presentations.
15.00 – 15.30 : Coffee break
15.30 – 16.45 : Session G: Joint session with IAG on Geomorphological hazards: Lessons learned and transferability
of multi-hazard risk assessment methods to developing countries. 
Moderator: Sunil De and Mauro Soldati. 6 presentations.
16.45 - 17.15 : Closing remarks

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  Local organizing secretariat:
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Sistema Congressi (Padova, Italy)