UP RI and NOAH Center at the 2018 AOGS-EGU Joint Int'l Conference

Tagaytay City, Philippines – The four-day New Dimensions for Natural Hazards in Asia: An AOGS-EGU Joint Conference took place this week from February 4 to 8, 2018. It was attended by over 200 geological hazards experts from all over the world.

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The conference was a joint Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) / European Geosciences Union (EGU) venture dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of natural hazards. It was held at the Taal Vista Hotel in Tagaytay.

With the goal of the international conference in mind, it indeed brought together students, early career and established scientists from all areas of the globe. The aim was to discuss current advances in knowledge and new perspectives relevant to natural hazards in the Asian region.

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Immersive field trips were also offered including a field visit to the Taal Volcano crater.

Fifteen UP Resilience Institute and NOAH Center researchers and scientists presented their scientific studies in the conference in the two-day simultaneous sessions. More information about the studies and abstracts can be found here.

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The conference themes included:

  1. Natural hazards in the megacity
  2. Transient and long-term effects of catastrophic perturbations
  3. Hazard development under a changing climate
  4. Multi-hazard interactions (cascades)
  5. Black swans and grey swan events
  6. Natural hazard communications, warning systems and monitoring programmes
  7. Single Hazard Case Studies
  8. General Contributions

On the third day of the conference, UP RI and NOAH Center Executive Director Mahar Lagmay was also given a 60-minute plenary talk on "Natural Hazards in the Philippines: Processes, Events, Mitigations and Policies". He was also a part of two separate panel discussions in the sessions entitled "Towards achieving synergies between stochastic, deterministic, and heuristic approaches to natural hazards research and response" and "Civil Defense and Geological Disasters: The Philippines Perspective," respectively.

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The UP Resilience Institute and NOAH Center would like to thank the conference organizers from the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) and European Geosciences Union (EGU), the local volunteers from UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and the Department of Tourism through the Tourism Promotions Board - formerly PCVC. We also extend our appreciation to the participants from all over the globe.