Convener: John Eichelberger, University of Alaska Fairbanks

 

In the context of current international Arctic discussions, the risk of disaster from extreme natural events has received little attention. In fact it is human nature to ignore disasters until they occur, despite the general understanding that preventative measures can save lives and assets and enhance resilience.This session will examine the characteristics of principal natural hazards in the Arctic and provide examples of successful and failed practices in mitigating disaster risk.