During 2015, three key global agreements were established which converged on enhancing resilience as an overall strategy towards sustainable development. This paper builds an argument and a structured process for future research and practice that succinctly links urban resilience enhancement with the transdisciplinary development of risk maps. Risk maps are highlighted as useful tools improving a shared understanding of risk, raising awareness, and effectively guiding land use planning and zoning towards enhanced urban resilience. Building codes incorporating past and recent disaster experiences, and multi-hazard maps with high-quality data for different performance levels, should be the foundation of transdisciplinary risk mapping.
The author makes the following recommendations:
- Develop a long-term vision for better guidance of innovative actions in response to global challenges.
- Make more substantial investments in prevention efforts supported by robust risk reduction strategies.
- Encourage transdisciplinary development of risk maps to enhance the effectiveness of risk reduction strategies.
- Ensure more frequent updating of building codes underpinning risk maps.