- Documents and publications
A multi-hazards earth science perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic: The potential for concurrent and cascading crises
This article highlights the need for enacting COVID-19 countermeasures in advance of seasonal increases in natural hazards. The authors argue that the inclusion of natural hazard inputs into COVID-19 epidemiological models could enhance the evidence base for:
- informing contemporary policy across diverse multi-hazard scenarios, defining and addressing gaps in disaster preparedness strategies and resourcing; and
- implementing a future-planning-systems approach into contemporary COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
The recommendations provided are intended to assist governments and their advisors to develop risk reduction strategies for natural and cascading hazards during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Make extensive use of pandemic and natural disaster hybrid models;
- Make extensive use of weather forecasting and seasonal prediction models;
- Re-design policy responses to different natural hazards;
- Support agencies working in developing regions to manage relief efforts.