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The role of science in physical natural hazard assessment : report to the UK Government by the Natural Hazard Working Group

By D. King, G. Ryall, D.C. Ovadia, J. McQuaid, B. McGuire, S. Dass, C. Hicks, G. Boulton, D. Williams, S. Sparks, A. Thorpe, H. Dalton, D. Peppiatt, E. Hill and I. Davis

Abstract

Following the tragic Asian tsunami on 26 December 2004, the Prime Minister asked\ud the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King, to convene a group of\ud experts (the Natural Hazard Working Group) to advise on the mechanisms that could\ud and should be established for the detection and early warning of global physical\ud natural hazards.\ud 2. The Group was asked to examine physical hazards which have high global or regional\ud impact and for which an appropriate early warning system could be put in place. It\ud was also asked to consider the global natural hazard frameworks currently in place\ud and under development and their effectiveness in using scientific evidence; to\ud consider whether there is an existing appropriate international body to pull together\ud the international science community to advise governments on the systems that need\ud to be put in place, and to advise on research needed to fill current gaps in knowledge.\ud The Group was asked to make recommendations on whether a new body was\ud needed, or whether other arrangements would be more effective

Topics: Earth Sciences
Publisher: Department of Trade and Industry
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:11525

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