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Invited perspectives: A research agenda towards disaster risk management pathways in multi-(hazard-)risk assessment

Ward, Philip J., Daniell, James, Duncan, Melanie, Dunne, Anna, Hananel, Cedric, Horchrainer-Stigler, Stephan, Tijssen, Annegien, Torresan, Silvia, Ciurean, Roxana, Gill, Joel C. ORCID:, Sillmann, Jana, Couasnon, Anais, Koks, Elco, Padron-Fumero, Noemi, Tatman, Sharon, Tronstad Lund, Marianne, Adesiyun, Adewole, Aerts, Jeroen C. J. H., Alabaster, Alexander, Bulder, Bernard, Campillo Torres, Carlos, Critto, Andrea, Hernandez-Martin, Raul, Machado, Marta, Mysiak, Jaroslaw, Orth, Rene, Palomino Antolin, Irene, Petrescu, Eva-Cristina, Reichstein, Markus, Tiggleloven, Timothy, Van Loon, Anne F., Vhong Pham, Hung and de Ruiter, Marleen C. 2022. Invited perspectives: A research agenda towards disaster risk management pathways in multi-(hazard-)risk assessment. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 22 (4) , pp. 1487-1497. 10.5194/nhess-22-1487-2022

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Whilst the last decades have seen a clear shift in emphasis from managing natural hazards to managing risk, the majority of natural-hazard risk research still focuses on single hazards. Internationally, there are calls for more attention for multi-hazards and multi-risks. Within the European Union (EU), the concepts of multi-hazard and multi-risk assessment and management have taken centre stage in recent years. In this perspective paper, we outline several key developments in multi-(hazard-)risk research in the last decade, with a particular focus on the EU. We present challenges for multi-(hazard-)risk management as outlined in several research projects and papers. We then present a research agenda for addressing these challenges. We argue for an approach that addresses multi-(hazard-)risk management through the lens of sustainability challenges that cut across sectors, regions, and hazards. In this approach, the starting point is a specific sustainability challenge, rather than an individual hazard or sector, and trade-offs and synergies are examined across sectors, regions, and hazards. We argue for in-depth case studies in which various approaches for multi-(hazard-)risk management are co-developed and tested in practice. Finally, we present a new pan-European research project in which our proposed research agenda will be implemented, with the goal of enabling stakeholders to develop forward-looking disaster risk management pathways that assess trade-offs and synergies of various strategies across sectors, hazards, and spatial scales.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Additional Information: This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
Publisher: European Geosciences Union
ISSN: 1684-9981
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 2 August 2022
Date of Acceptance: 25 March 2022
Last Modified: 12 May 2023 00:43

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