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DASL at Understanding Risk 2020

The Disaster Analytics Lab for Society is involved in several exciting sessions at this year’s Understanding Risk 2020 forum. See details below and register for the event (it’s free!). Many exciting sessions. Forming radical collaborations to address climate and disaster risk: The Understanding Risk Field Lab Thursday 3 Dec 3-3:55 UTC (11-11:55 SG time)…
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What might have been: counterfactual thinking in risk analysis

RF Yolanda Lin was recently invited to contribute to the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Younger Members Committee (YMC) blog. This is a repost of that piece, and you can find the original blog post here. Thank you to Ezra Jampole and the YMC for the invitation and editing assistance. After an earthquake, earthquake engineers…
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After the UR Field Lab: DASL visits the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok)

The UR Field Lab 2019, which took place in June 2019, was a unique platform and event that brought together people of different expertise to share and co-develop projects on the theme of urban flooding. This collaborative experience widened DASL’s network tremendously, and we have since maintained contact with many of the participants, including those…
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Our new website is live!

Welcome to the new site for the Disaster Analytics for Society Lab (DASL) in NTU! We’ll be using this as a space to share our work — including publications, blog posts, linking to datasets, and more. Look forward to more posts to come!

Converging disaster researchers in the Asia-Pacific Region

Monday morning, July 15, 2019, the first full day of the 44th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop: not quite knowing what to expect, we (Sabine Loos and Yolanda Lin) were skeptical about the first item on the agenda for the day. It looked as though a full hour and a half was blocked…
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Darwin’s account of the 1835 earthquake in Concepción, Chile

On Feb 20th 1835, a large earthquake (estimated M8.1-8.2) shook the cities of Concepción and Talcuahano in Chile, and generated a large tsunami which battered the Chilean coastline. On that day, Charles Darwin was on shore near Valdivia, 200 miles south of Concepción. His journal presents a fascinating account of the earthquake and its aftermath. I…
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Remaining Earthquake Risk of Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Updated maps with Google Earth Engine

In a previous post I shared some of my research on the remaining earthquake risk of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. The main conclusion was that the earthquake which occurred in 2010 can not reasonably be assumed to be followed by a long period of earthquake tranquility. Geological and paleoseismic evidence suggests that the expected “Port-au-Prince earthquake,” (as opposed to the…
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Storyboarding my Research on Urban Disaster Risk

I’m passionate about my work and therefore enjoy sharing it with others. So I wanted to explore how I could communicate it differently, and in the most concise and effective way possible. The overall problem that my research tackles— urban disaster risk —is a complex one and so my research mirrors that complexity. So I…
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Waiting for the Big One: the Continued Earthquake Risk of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

This post is transcribed from a paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Urban Disaster Recovery (3ICUDR). The M7.0 earthquake in Haiti in 2010 was one of the most devastating in recorded history. Due to its proximity to Port-au-Prince and the extreme vulnerability of buildings, the earthquake led to the death of 150,000-220,000 people. Yet…
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On the “Top 10 Riskiest Cities” and Getting Mauled by Bears

This post was originally published by David Lallemant on in April 2014. The original post can be found here. In late March the large re-insurer Swiss-Re published a report ranking the world’s 616 largest urban centers according to risk from natural hazards. The report conveniently summarizes the findings in a “Top-10” ranking, filling our insatiable desire for…
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