Disaster management

Natural disasters have severe consequences for a large part of the earth’s population, ecosystems and resources every year. Although disasters are mostly a result of natural processes, their frequency and magnitude seem to be increasing as a result of changing driving forces such as climate change, land use changes and population dynamics.
The research focuses on the consequences of “geohazards”, both those that cause both rapid disasters which have a shock effect and slow-onset disasters which result in a strain or negative trend in our environment. Geological hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, as well as hydro-meteorological hazards (flooding, mudflows, cyclones) can be seen as causing rapid disasters, whereas land degradation and desertification, soil erosion and soil degradation can be seen as causing slow disasters.

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