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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. 




 

 


  Conference sessions
  • Forecasting future changes in hydro-meteorological triggers
• Methods for generating assets maps using Remote Sensing techniques
• Modelling changes in societal parameters to characterize exposure and vulnerability of societies
• Methods for modelling changes in natural risks, and estimate risk scenarios
• Methods to adapt risk management strategies to future changes, including risk perception and insurance
• Risk communication and risk governance aspects of changing risk
• Earth Observation data, geo-information and visualization tools for risk assessment
• Lessons learned and transferability of multi-hazard risk assessment methods to developing countries
• Ecosystem-based approaches for disaster risk management

 
Call for abstracts:
 
  The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to: 1 October 2014.
Selection of abstracts for oral/poster presentation and first draft programme will be available by 15 October.
Extended abstracts can be submitted before 1 November 2014
Abstracts should be submitted to: jacqueline.runje@tu-dortmund.de
 
 
Conference fee:
 
  Early bird fee until 30th September 2014 is € 150.
Regular fee until 30th October 2014 is € 225.
Late and On site fee is € 300.
The fee includes access to the scientific sessions, digital proceedings and refreshments.
 
 
Financial support:
 
  The conference is offering a limited number of fellowships for young researchers from developing countries
and Southern Mediterranean and Eastern European countries.


Application forms can be downloaded here

Only applicants that also submit an abstract are considered for financial support.
Applications for financial support include travel to Padua, hotel costs and registration fees.
Recovering all the costs is not likely especially to the participants from overseas.

Deadline for financial support applications is 30 September.
The outcome of the awarded financial support will be given by 15 October. Please check your visa requirements.
Please send the financial support form to Dr. Jacqueline Runje, E-mail: jacqueline.runje@tu-dortmund.de
 
 
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  For registration follow this link.  
 
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  Scientific secretariat:
(submission of abstracts and papers):
Dr. Jacqueline Runje (TUDO, Dortmund, Germany)
E-mail: jacqueline.runje@tu-dortmund.de
Local organizing secretariat:
(contact about registration and payment). 
Sistema Congressi (Padova, Italy) info@sistemacongressi.com