Risk and Vulnerability

Risk and Vulnerability

The Risk and Vulnerability stream supports the Government of Indonesia to better understand the risk of natural hazards in Indonesia and the region. This is done by facilitating partnerships between Australian and Indonesian scientific expertise to develop and demonstrate risk assessment methods, tools and information for a range of natural hazards including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods and landslides.

This work is undertaken in partnership with BNPB in order to ensure that risk assessment information is focused on answering key disaster management questions. For example, AIFDR will assist the Government of Indonesia to:

  • forecast volcanic ash impacts in order to inform disaster preparedness and response;
  • produce a comprehensive map of Indonesia‚Äôs earthquake hazard in order to prioritise risk reduction;
  • develop maps of tsunami hazard zones that can be used by communities to develop tsunami evacuation plans;
  • enable communities to map themselves using OpenStreetMap tools;
  • develop the InaSAFE software for contingency planning; and
  • produce maps to rapidly estimate the impact and damage from earthquakes when they occur in order to inform disaster response.

An understanding of natural hazard risks is a critical and invaluable component of any successful disaster risk reduction program. However, this knowledge must be shared and used if it is to contribute to safer communities. Consequently, the Risk and Vulnerability work stream is working closely with the Training and Outreach work stream to ensure that risk assessments are:

  • developed in partnership with end-users; and
  • applied and successfully integrated into disaster risk reduction practice.

One of the first activities for the Risk and Vulnerability Program has been a comprehensive engineering survey in Padang following the devastating earthquake in West Sumatra, September 2009.

The Risk and Vulnerability team has a range of technical expertise ranging from the earth sciences and the development of natural hazard impact models through to spatial analysis and map making. In addition to this the Risk and Vulnerability stream has access to a range of Indonesian and Australian Government scientific expertise.


Comments are closed.