Toward Paradigm Shift in Disaster Risk Research

Lead Author Alik, Ismail-Zadeh
Institution Contact Institute of Earthquake Prediction Theory and Mathematical Geophysics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Profsoyuznaya str. 84/32, Moscow 117997, Russia. ALSO: Institute of Applied Geosciences, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Theme Theme 1: Vulnerability of Arctic Environments
Session Name 1.4 Vulnerability of Arctic Communities to Natural Disasters
Datetime Wed, Sep 14, 2016 03:00 PM - 03:15 PM
Presentation Type Oral
Abstract text Despite major advancements in knowledge on disaster risks and disasters caused by natural hazards, yet we are not seeing a concomitant decline in disaster impacts and losses. Convolving geophysical, engineering, social and behavioral sciences and practices with policymaking into co-designed and co-productive work should significantly reduce disaster risks caused by natural hazards. To this end, a fundamental change in scientific approaches to disaster risk reduction is to be made by shifting the emphasis from an individual hazard and risk assessment dominant in the geoscientific community today to a trans-disciplinary system analysis with action-oriented research on disaster risk reduction co-produced with other stakeholders, including policymakers in ways that facilitates the ability of diverse stakeholders to provide complementary perspectives. Such a paradigm shift will allow for acquisition of useful knowledge and for immediate application of scientific achievements to knowledge- and evidence-based policy and decision making for disaster risk reduction. The need for the paradigm shift is more critical now than ever before because such a shift would provide scientific results to support disaster policy across governments and would present a cross-cutting action in policy and practice related to climate change and sustainability, so important in the Arctic region.
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