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TitleUsing GIS for assessing risks from earthquakes
AuthorHastings, N L
SourceURISA BC Chapter, presentation abstracts; 2014 p. 3-4
LinksOnline - En ligne
LinksPresentation - Présentation
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20140378
MeetingURISA BC Chapter; Burnaby; CA; November 20, 2014
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectsgeophysics; earthquakes; earthquake risk; earthquake studies; geographic information system; geographic information system applications
ProgramQuantitative risk assessment project, Public Safety Geoscience
AbstractThe west coast of Canada is the most earthquake prone region in Canada. In the last two years, more than 50 earthquakes greater than a magnitude of five were recorded off the coast of British Columbia. As communities in western Canada continue to grow and develop there is an increased need to understand the potential impacts from a damaging earthquakes and to develop plans and strategies than can lessen these consequences before a damaging earthquake takes place.
In 2009, Natural Resources Canada partnered with the District of North Vancouver, the North Shore Emergency Management Office, the University of British Columbia ad Defence Research and Development Canada, to adapt and validate the loss estimation program Hazus, an ArcGIS based application. The presentation will explore the inputs, outputs and capabilities of the Hazus loss estimation methodology and demonstrate how a risk assessment can help inform policy makers to take action in reducing earthquake risks in a community.
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
The abstract is for a presentation that will be given at the Urban and Regional and Information Systems Association (URISA) British Columbia chapter. This organization is a non-profit group whose goal is to promote the use of spatial information technologies. The event is one of a series of seminars with a focus on emergency management. The presentation will highlight and promote uptake of seismic risk assessment methodology developed by the the Public Safety Geoscience risk project.