About Us

The Risk Assessment Group has made important contributions to seismic vulnerability and risk studies in Spain, Europe and Latin America. In this sense, the developments performed by its researchers on the vulnerability and risk framework and on the holistic risk approach, as well as on the development and use of risk indicators and indices or on the development of urban risk scenarios are well known in the scientific community. More recently, contributions have been made in the fields of the probabilistic modeling of hazard and risk, the economic evaluations for risk transfer and financial protection, or the management of uncertainties by means of Monte Carlo tests, among others.

The Risk Assessment Group has been involved in European RTD projects in the risk assessment field such as SERGISAI, VAB, RISK-UE, RAMFLOOD, LESSLOSS, MOVE and DESURBS of the FP7 of the European Commission, but also in the Program of Indicators of Risk and Risk Management in the Americas (2002-2004) and its updates (2009 and 2013), and in the development and application of the Mega-Cities Indicator System in Manila. At national level, in Spain, members of this group participated in the project CoPASRE (CGL2011-29063), that is working in the seismic risk evaluation from a comprehensive and probabilistic approach for Spain; EVASIS (REN2002-03365/RIES), whose main results were physical seismic risk scenarios for the city of Barcelona, in HABITAT 2030 and in SEDUREC (both projects related to the risk assessment of civil engineering structures). The team also participates in important projects in the field of disaster risk assessment funded by the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction of United Nations (UN-ISDR).

This group has participated in projects developed for several countries around the world, some of them related to the assessment and management of the seismic risk and others related to the disaster risk due to different hazards.

The countries where the Risk Assessment Group has been working are the following: Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, PerĂº, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and Spain.