How can Disaster Risk Science contribute to Sustainability? Exploring STEM-HASS interactions for better Ecological and Community Outcomes

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2018

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James, Helen

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Hebei University

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The UNISDR (2013) defined Science broadly as ‘knowledge derived from theory and practice.’ So what is Disaster Risk Science? If Disaster Risk refers to: The potential loss of life, injury, or destroyed or damaged assets which could occur to a system, society or a community in a specific period of time, determined probabilistically as a function of hazard, exposure, vulnerability and capacity, (UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, February 2017) then perhaps we could agree to define Disaster Risk Science as ‘theoretical and applied knowledge which can reduce human and societal losses from hazards and vulnerabilities.’ Prevention Web (19 March 2018) noted that the ‘definition of disaster risk reflects the concept of hazardous events and disasters as the outcome of continuously present conditions of risk.’ How populations intersect with socio-economic development generates disaster risks which can then be evaluated in terms of their exposure to future risk.

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Hebei University International Conference on Theory and Practice of Post disaster Reconstruction and Ecological Restoration

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2037-12-31