International organizations focused on Natural Hazards

American Geophysical Union (AGU)
A worldwide scientific community that advances an understanding of Earth and space that is used for the benefit of humanity.thunderstorm_1

European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences and the planetary and space sciences for the benefit of humanity.

International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG)
International organization dedicated to advancing, promoting, and communicating knowledge of the Earth system, its space environment, and the dynamical processes causing change.

International Council for Science (ICSU)
ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society.

U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN-ISRD)
UNISDR mission: Catalyze, facilitate and mobilize the commitment and resources of national, regional and international stakeholders to build the resilience of nations and communities to disasters through the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

Government Agencies

femaUSA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA’s mission is to support US citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms — a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.


nasaUSA National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. NASA conducts its work in four principal organizations, called mission directorates: Aeronautics, Exploration Systems, Science, Space Operations. In the early 21st century, NASA’s reach spans the universe. Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rovers, are still studying Mars after arriving in 2004. Cassini is in orbit around Saturn. The restored Hubble Space Telescope continues to explore the deepest reaches of the cosmos.

usgsUnited States Geological Survey (USGS)
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. USGS has become a world leader in the natural sciences thanks to our scientific excellence and responsiveness to society’s needs.


Science and Education Projects

usgs_globeUSGS | Natural Hazards Gateway
A unique educational resourse for citizens, emergency managers, and lawmakers on seven natural hazards facing the Nation — earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes, and wildfires — showing how USGS science helps mitigate disasters and build resilient communities.



nasa_fireNASA Earth Observatory | Natural Hazards
An exclusive resource for remotely sensed imagery of a variety of both highly dynamic (e.g. volcanoes) and longer term (e.g. drought) natural hazards:
Fires,   • Severe storms,   • Dust, Smoke, and Haze,   • Volcanoes and Earthquakes,   • Floods,   • Crops and Drought.



e2c2_eyecatcherExtreme Events: Causes and Consequences
E2-C2 is a Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) within a Pathfinder Initiative aimed at Tackling Complexity in Science and initiated by the New and Emerging Science and Technology (NEST) Programme of the European Commission, as part of its Sixth Framework Programme (FP-6). The project number is 12975. (Image on the left is from E2C2 official site.)



WebcyclopWebcyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Risks and Sustainability at IUGG
A long-trm project of the Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability of the IUGG. A web-based collection of topical articles on various Natural Hazards — hydrological, meteorological, marine, tsunamis, volcanoes, seismic, geodetic (landslides), and geomagnetic.


IRDRIntegrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR)
A new Interdisciplinary Body co-sponsored by International Council for Science (ICSU) , The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction(ISDR), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). The IRDR programme addresses the impacts of disasters on regional and global scales and brings together the combined talents of the natural, socio-economic, health and engineering sciences from around the world. IRDR will focus on hazards related to geophysical, oceanographic, climate and weather trigger events – and even space weather and impact by near-Earth objects. An important element of the programme is the development of case studies that will analyse disasters caused by natural phenomena to establish what was done well and what caused failure – to avoid repeating mistakes.


Coastal vulnerability (VuCoMA) project
The site is in Spanish; most of the publications are in English.

Homeland Security News Wire
Check the recent papers on sea level rising in Florida and California

Debris Flow Impact Database
As part of the Quantitative Risk Assessment Project to develop loss estimation methods and inform natural hazard risk reduction strategies, Natural Resources Canada and BGC Engineering have collaborated to create a database of debris flow impacts from events around the world that were damaging but not devastatingly extreme. The database of 68 case studies has been used to develop a building vulnerability model that uses an “intensity index” and has been documented in a paper published in the Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards. Additional case studies for the database are being sought!