Risk and emergency management
Maria do Céu Almeida (Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Portugal)
& Georgios Tsionis (EC, Joint Research Centre, Italy)
This session aims at addressing issues related with risk and emergency management, covering both conceptual and operational perspectives as well as applications. The integration of risk management and emergency management, often addressed by parallel approaches, is also a central topic of this session.
Urban risks induced by natural hazards
José Madeira (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
& Olga Petrucci (Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection, Italy)
The session aims to collect communications on how to cope with natural disasters in urban environment by means of both structural and nonstructural approaches. Contributions on both experiences already working and highlights on possible approaches to improve urban sustainability are welcome.
Critical infrastructures and cascading effects
José António Campos Matos (Universidade do Minho, Portugal)
& Boulent Imam (University of Surrey, United Kingdom)
The aim of this session is to present quantitative and qualitative approaches for the investigation of cascading effects in critical infrastructure systems, which are becoming increasingly interdependent. Developing a ‘system-wide’ approach to resilience, reflecting the increasing interdependency of the different infrastructures (transport, energy, digital and water), is needed in order to sustain the systems on which countries rely.
Urban environmental health risks and sustainability
Paula Santana (Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal)
& Pablo Fernández de Arroyabe (Universidad de Cantabria, Spain)
This session will cover risks, challenges and opportunities for environmental health and sustainability in cities. The rapid urbanization, especially if it is unplanned, is facing environmental health challenges including contamination of air, water and soil. Sprawling urban areas contribute to traffic congestion, with associated air pollution, noise and long commuting times affecting public health and productivity. These environmental risk factors can be aggravated by climate change in cities by the potential increase of the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
Risk protection on cultural heritage and historical centres
Xavier Romão (Universidade do Porto, Portugal)
& Chiara Bertolin (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
The session will address topics related to the protection of cultural heritage and historical centres from disasters. Outcomes are expected to contribute to better understand state of conservation, significance and authenticity, risk and resilience issues in cultural heritage and historical centres, while contributing to strengthen the development of prevention, preparedness and response actions to reduce the impact of disasters on these assets.
 
Societal risks in a changing world
Rui Gaspar (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Portugal)
& Raquel Bohn Bertolo (Aix-Marseille University, France)
Today’s Risk Analysis demands multi and inter-disciplinary multi-method approaches to respond to systemic societal risks, amplified by increasingly fast high magnitude changes in socio-ecological systems. To address this, this session will focus on: Emerging natural and technological risks; Social amplification of risks, the media and social media; Crisis coping and resilience; Risk, uncertainty and decision making; Risk perception and communication.
Citizen engagement and risk communication
Ana Delicado (Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)
& Christian Oltra (CIEMAT, Centro de Investigaciones Sociotecnicas, Spain)
This session is devoted to communications that address any aspect of risk communication and citizen engagement with environmental, natural and technological urban risk. Traditional views held that risk was to be assessed by scientists, decisions were to be made by politicians and citizens were to be persuaded of that their safety was in good hands and all they had to do was to trust the technocratic assessments and decisions being made on their behalf. However, citizens are no longer seen as passive when facing risk, but rather as active agents that need to be involved in the decisions and the actions to address risk.
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