PS News reports on Geoscience Australia's researchers work in helping developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to create safer communities. During a technical workshop, geoscientists taught 40 representatives from 13 developing nations to use a range of hazard and risk modelling tools, enabling them to develop hazard maps and impact scenarios for a range of natural hazards including earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes and tropical cyclones, to better prepare and respond appropriately.
"Effective disaster risk reduction is based on developing a thorough understanding of the underlying risk which is aided by the creation of hazard and risk models," said Dr Schneider, Leader of the International Group at Geoscience Australia. He added that collaborative work with government partners improves their capacity to assess natural hazard risk and the involvement of local communities in developing risk mitigation strategies leads to better decision making and ultimately more resilient communities.
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