Work Package 3

Case Study Analysis: Lessons learned from past events

Lead: Alterra


WP3 involves core knowledge and data gathering which will form a foundation for all subsequent activities. It will analyze the case studies from the multiple perspectives of the specialist groups involved and looks at the identification of the biophysical and social vulnerability aspects of the natural hazards as well as the identification of the NH/DRR measures. In addition attention is paid to the aspect of uncertainty associated with policymaking and the integration of science -based knowledge and training capacity of the stakeholders in the case studies. The case studies are selected in WP2 based in part on their vulnerability to climatic hazards. The output of the case study analysis will become available in the form of a report and serve as discussion material for the 'think tank' activities in WP4. It will further be made available to produce synthesis products in WP5 and for dissemination material in WP6.


WP3 focuses on case studies of climatic hazards (some aspects of which may be transferable to other natural hazards). The objectives of this work package are to:

  • Provide the state-of-the-art of capacity development in NH/DRR for all stages of risk management (response, recovery, mitigation, preparedness) in order to better valorize existing reliable scientific knowledge for increased societal awareness and resilience to natural hazards.
  • To explore how the notion of vulnerability and integrated risk assessment is addressed in NH/DRR, and the scientific advice provided that take into account uncertainties linking the relevance of science-based knowledge and capacity development potential.
  • To examine the role of social vulnerability assessments in the development of mitigation and adaptation measures, and identify existing approaches and best practices as well as knowledge gaps. The analysis will focus on identifying priorities in existing knowledge and capacity development for the transfer of best practices in NH/DRR.


1: Assessment of hazard risks and social vulnerability focused on climatic hazards WP3 will assess gaps in knowledge on the impacts of climate hazards with respect to capacity development. This may also include multi-hazards which tend to strike the most vulnerable groups for the NH/DRR. The assessment therefore will consider the different social vulnerabilities with regard to concept, scales, contexts and audiences. A focus will be put on best practices that appear as particularly relevant for capacity development.
2: Inventory of measures related to NH/DRR activities This task will assess gaps in knowledge on the possible measures for mitigation of and adaptation to climate hazards with respect to capacity development. It will discuss technical and non-technical mitigation measures as well as adaptation measures for increasing social capacity like awareness raising, monitoring and alert systems, evacuation, and recovery. Special attention will be given to the level of (locally) available resources and favourable governance and institutional settings under which measures can best be applied.
3: Review of assessment of NH/DRR measures This task will assess gaps in knowledge with respect to capacity development, on practical criteria for assessment of mitigation of and adaptation to NH/DRR. Packages of measures can be assessed on their effectiveness, costs, flexibility and acceptance. Equally, an assessment is made on the uncertainty aspects
in NH/DRR with respect to quantification and qualification of the biophysical and social impacts associated to natural hazards and the social responses towards NH/DRR.
4: Examination of use of science-based knowledge in stakeholders information and activities This task will assess the policy on, the accuracy and quality of stakeholders information at all levels in order to bridge the science-application gap. Differences may be caused by accessibility of the area, complexity of the natural (multi-) hazard, openness of the society and governance system.
5: Assessment of NH/DRR training activities in the case studies This task focuses on the assessment of training activities on NH/DRR in the case studies through formal or on-line modules for knowledge and skills training and the efforts to reach their target groups, in order to increase the social learning capacities to prepare for, cope with and recover from climate hazard impacts.
6: Preparation of report on capacity development in disaster risk reduction This document combines the results of this WP on case studies focusing on the use of data, assessment of natural hazards and risk reduction measures, uncertainties, training capacity and science-based information. Annexes will be available for the workshop regions in Europe, Africa, Asia and Central America/Caribbean. It covers the outputs of all tasks and will become available as individual chapters in stages to timely serve the other work packages. (ALT, UFZ, GEUS)

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