IAGEOMHAZ Working Group
São Paulo (Brazil)
Introduction to WG activity
The significance of understanding geomorphological hazards can be clearly recognized by looking at the number of disasters associated to hazards such as volcanic activity, landsliding, flooding, earthquakes, and so forth, which take place on a daily basis all throughout our planet. According to a database developed by the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, Université Catholique de Louvain (OFDA-CRED), from 1900 to 2004, there were recorded 8,157 disasters related to natural hazards. Therefore, it is indeed our task as geomorphologists, not only to provide a better comprehension of the phenomena per se, but also to develop the most appropriate means to analyze and model scenarios of likely occurrence in order to increase the awareness of authorities and decision makers, as well as to decrease the impact on population.
The IAGeomhaz Working Group was established aiming at:
- Improving the knowledge related to all types of geomorphological hazards not only in terms of processes and landforms, but also considering the impact on population.
- Implementing the appropriate means to increase the awareness of other scientists, stakeholders, decision makers, planners, authorities and general public about the role of geomorphologists in the understanding of hazards and the role of applied geomorphology in disaster prevention.
-12TH International Symposium On Landslides
–People in Disasters Conference 2016
-Geo Morphological Hazards & 4th Session of the IAG Working Group on Geomorphological Hazards (IAGEOMHAZ)