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  • CNDS Research webinar Extreme events under a changing climate gathers early-career and leading researchers
    The focus of the webinar was the role of climate change in the occurance of future extreme weather events, also from an intergenerational perspective
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  • CNDS participates in the meeting between Uppsala University and the Swedish military and civil defense actors
    CNDS Director Giuliano Di Baldassarre and CNDS Deputy Director Malin Göteman were invited to the meeting with representatives for Sweden’s total defence and military defence at Uppsala University
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  • The CNDS Interdisciplinary grants for 2024 have been awarded
    Jenni Koivisto (KaU), Riccardo Biella (UU) and Shakti Raj Shrestha (UU) have been awarded funding for their interdisciplinary projects on natural hazards and disaster science
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  • The potential impending Iceland volcano eruption brings CNDS expertise into media
    CNDS Fellows Valentin Troll, Björn Lund and Steffi Burchardt were interviewed in different media platform about the impending volcano eruption in Iceland 
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  • CNDS Director, Giuliano Di Baldassarre participated in the Security Research Event (SRE) organised by the European Commission
    CNDS Director, Giuliano Di Baldassarre was one of the invited panelists at the thematic panel on ”Natural, accidental and intentional disasters of the future: are we prepared?” that took place in Brussels, on 24-25 October 2023
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  • Call for Interdisciplinary Grants 2024 - Deadline 20 November 2023
    The call for CNDS Interdisciplinary Grant 2024 has recently opened.
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  • #DRRday 2023 - CNDS contributes to the study of inequality in DRR
    CNDS offers some insights into this year's UN International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, with a focus on inequality
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  • Björn Lund in the media: from earthquakes till landslides and bombs
    In the past few months, CNDS Fellow Björn Lund has been on the media to share his expertise on the earthquake on Morocco, as well as a landslide and a explosion in Sweden
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  • CNDS opens new avenues for collaboration with Tohoku University in Japan
    A delegation from CNDS meets with researchers from the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University to discuss directions for future collaborations
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  • CNDS get students involved with natural hazards at Scifest
    A group of CNDS early career researchers participate at Scifest, a popular science fair that takes place once a year in Uppsala, Sweden
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  • CNDS presents at HEPEX workshop 2023: Forecasting across spatial scales and time horizons
    Giuliano Di Baldassarre, CNDS Director, together with Anastasiya Shyrokaya, CNDS PhD candidate, participated in the HEPEX workshop 2023 with their presentation "Forecasting socio-hydrological extremes"
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  • EGU23: CNDS was represented with 19 Fellows and 27 presentations
    This year's General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU23) in Vienna had a wide CNDS representation
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  • The article by Elisa Savelli et al. on urban water crises and hydrological risks gains large international media attention
    The paper on Nature Sustainability by CNDS Fellow Elisa Savelli and colleguagues has reached more than 17,000 clicks in less than one week
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  • Most Downloaded Article in Geology Today for Valentin Troll and Frances Deegan
    CNDS Fellows Valentin Troll and Frances Deegan are co-authors of one of the most downloaded articles in Geology Today in the 12 months after publication
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  • Panta Rhei workshop on Drought in the Anthropocene (invitation only)
    The next Panta Rhei workshop on Drought in the Anthropocene will be organised on 29-30 August 2022 at CNDS/Uppsala University. The workshop can be attended by invitation only.
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  • Urban water crises driven by elites’ unsustainable consumption
    A new article in Nature Sustainability, cowritten by Elisa Savelli, uncovers how inequalities influence water crises and hydrological risks. 
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  • CNDS Interdisciplinary grant 2023 has been awarded
    Elin Stenfors (UU) and Kenny Turesson (KaU) have been awarded funding for their interdisciplinary projects on natural hazards and disaster science
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  • Professor Ashok Swain reaches 500 000 followers on Twitter
    Ashok Swain, Professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University and CNDS Fellow gives an interview about his involvement in social media.
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  • Online Conference: Adaptation & Resilience - Ensuring the energy transition is built on resilient infrastructure
    Follow Malin Götema's session on 'Adaptation and resilience – Concepts and Definitions in the context of energy infrastructure' on 14 March 2023
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  • Björn Lund helps us understand the earthquake in Turkey and Syria
    "Turkey's geological position makes the country prone to earthquakes. The country is located on the so-called Anatolian Plate, which is sandwiched between three continental plates."
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  • Giuliano Di Baldassarre is interviewed on this year's Celsius-Linnaeus Lectures
    In his interview with Uppsala University, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, CNDS Director, tells us more about his expectations as a moderator and host of the Celsius-Linnaeus Lectures that will take place on 9 February 2023 in Uppsala. 
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  • Call for Interdisciplinary Grants 2023 - Deadline 28 February 2023
    The call for CNDS Interdisciplinary Grant 2023 has been recently announced. CNDS provides an opportunity for Early Career Scientists – PhD students and postdocs from CNDS partnering universities Uppsala University, Karlstad University and Swedish Defence University to apply for funding for interdisciplinary work within natural hazard and disaster science.
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  • Governments' public communication on social media during the COVD-19 pandemics
    CNDS' Fellows Frederike Albrecht and Helena Hermansson, inte alia, have recently published  a chapter within the book Communicating a pandemic: Crisis management and Covid-19 in the Nordic countries [by B. Johansson, Ø. Ihlen, J. Lindholm, & M. Blach-Ørsten (Eds.)] This chapter analyses how Nordic health authorities and prime ministers used social media during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic from the health authorities’ Twitter communication and prime ministers’ Instagram posts. Chapter available in Diva's website.
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  • Sustainable development and cross-disciplinary research education: Challenges and opportunities for learning
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  • Why is Indonesia's volcanic eruption more dangerous than the one in Hawaii?
    CNDS-Fellow, Valentin Troll (Uppsala university) explained in an interview with SVT Nyheter the main causes of risk during volcanic eruptions. 
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  • Bouncing Spallation Bombs During the 2021 La Palma Eruption, Canary Islands, Spain
    CNDS Fellow, Valentin Troll (Uppsala university), co-authored an article on the so-called "spallation bombs" resulted from the 2021 La Palma volcanic eruption with the aim of understanding in which ways these threats to human lives and infrastructure "ought to be accounted for in risk assessment, necessitating awareness of an increased hazard footprint on steep-sided volcanoes with ballistic activity" (Day, Troll et. al., 2022).
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  • CNDS Director as top 0.24% scientist in both Environmental Engineering and Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
    Giuliano Di Baldassarre was (again) listed among the most cited scientists according to the updated Global Citation Ranking based on Scopus data (Baas et al., 2021) for both career-long and annual citation impact - in the September 2022 data-update for "Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators".
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  • Securing future water supply through sustainable management - Formas grant
    The project "Leap in Swedish freshwater monitoring for water supply risk mitigation", led by researchers from Lund University in collaboration with Stockholm University and with the contribution of CNDS Fellow, Johanna Mård, has been granted funding via Formas of around 16 mil. SEK.  
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  • A climate-change attribution retrospective of some impactful weather extremes of 2021
    CNDS Fellow, Gabriele Messori has co-authored a paper on the attribution of climate change to some of the weather extreme events from 2021. It is shown that the extreme events the authors investigate are significantly modified in the present climate with respect to the past, because of changes in the location, persistence and/or seasonality of cyclonic/anticyclonic patterns in the sea-level pressure analogues.
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  • IRIDeS, ETH Zurich-Singapore Centre and CNDS in research collaboration meeting
    On the 4th of November 2022, representatives from CNDS met representatives from IRIDeS and the Singapore Centre of ETH Zürich in order to discuss research areas of convergence. CNDS was represented by Klas Hjort (CNDS/UU), Steffi Burchart (CNDS/UU), Mikael Granberg (CNDS/KAU), Andra Covaciu (CNDS/UU) and Malin Göteman (CNDS/UU), while the external visitors were Takako Izumi (IRIDeS), Sebastien Boret (IRIDeS/Tohoku University), Jonas Joerin (Singapore ETH Center).
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  • Giuliano Di Baldassarre featured in a new article in National Geographic
    CNDS Director, Giuliano Di Baldassarre has been featured in a new article in National Geographic which was aiming at addressing the question: "Is building more dams the way to save rivers?".
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  • CNDS Fellow, Steffi Burchardt. interviewed by Vetenskapsradio
    CNDS Fellow, Steffi Burchardt,  was recently interviewed in the Swedish scientific radio programme, Vetenskapsradio regarding the Nyiragongo volcanic eruption in Congo-Kinshasa from 2021, an eruption that left more than 200 people reported dead or missing. An international research team has investigated why there were no clear warning signs, such as vibrations, before the outbreak. 
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  • 6 million grant to EU project on water scarcity and climate change
    CNDS Director, respectively fellow, Giuliano Di Baldassarre and Sina Kathami’s project TRANSCEND (Transformational and Robust AdaptatioN to water Scarcity and ClimatE chaNge under Deep uncertainty) has been selected for funding by the EU funding Horizon Climate.
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  • CNDS Fellow interviewed by BBC
    CNDS Fellow, Björn Lund (Uppsala university) has been interviewed by several media outlets in regard to the two major leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines. His expertise in sesimology allowed him to claim that these were explosions.  Björn's opinions are available on the BBC website.
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  • "When do disasters spark transformative policy change and why?"
    CNDS Fellow and Research Coordinator, Daniel Nohrstedt (Department of Government, Uppsala University) has recently published an article on transformative policy change as a result of disasters. We have asked him some questions about the article and the need for this topic of research and his answers can be found below. The article is available on Bristol University Press Digital's website.
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  • The Trump Administration and the COVID-19 crisis: Exploring the warning-response problems and missed opportunities of a public health emergency
    CNDS Fellow and Board Deputy Chair, Charles Parker (Uppsala university) has co-authored an article on the warning-response problems and missed opportunities during the Covid-19 pandemic under the Trump Administration. The article focuses on the crucial role of executive leadership as an underlying factor and discussing why the head of the state is responsible for ensuring a healthy policy process for response to the COVID-19 crisis.
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  • All dried up: The materiality of drought in Ladismith, South Africa
    CNDS Fellows, Elisa Savelli, Hannah Cloke, Giuliano Di Baldassarre (Uppsala university) and Maria Rusca (University of Manchester) have recently published an article on droughts as socioecological phenomena coproduced by the recursive engagement of human and non-human transformations. The article argues that "the narrow pursuit of profits and capital accumulation of the few has produced a fundamental disruption between nature and society which contributed to transform Ladismith’s drought into a socioecological crisis" (Savelli et.al, 2022). 
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  • Climate, Agriculture, and Migration: Exploring the Vulnerability and Outmigration Nexus in the Indian Himalayan Region
    CNDS Fellow and Student Representative in the CNDS Board, Riccardo Biella (Uppsala university) has recently published an article on exploring the vulnerability and outmigration nexus in the Indian Himalayan Region.
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  • Clues to where magma was stored prior to and during the 2021 eruption at La Palma
    CNDS Fellows Valentin Troll and Frances Deegan worked with colleagues from Cornell University (USA), and Las Palmas and Barcelona (Spain) amongst other institutions to unearth precise, microscopic clues to where magma was stored prior to and during the 2021 eruption at La Palma. The results offer scientists and government decision makers a way to better assess the risk of volcanic eruptions.
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  • Mantle source characteristics and magmatic processes during the 2021 La Palma eruption
    CNDS Fellows, Valentin Troll and Frances Deegan (Uppsala University), have recently co-authored an article on the temporal changes in La Palma's volcano lava chemistry over the 3 months of highly destructive eruption from 2021. 
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  • Environmental design load for the line force of a point-absorber wave energy converter
    CNDS Deputy Director, Malin Göteman, co-authored an article (currently only available online) on the procedure of obtaining an environmental design load for the line force of a 1:30 scaled point-absorber wave energy converters (WEC) using an environmental contour with a 50-year return period for the Dowsing site in the North Sea.
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  • Large-scale lava dome fracturing as a result of concealed weakened zones
    CNDS Fellows, Valentin Troll and Frances Deegan (Uppsala university), co-authored a research article regarding the influence of large fracture formation on dome stability and outgassing.
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  • Minister for Education, Anna Ekström visited Karlstad University
    On August 31, CNDS Fellows from Karlstad University had the opportunity to meet Minister of Education, Anna Ekström and talk about their activities in RiskLab. 
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  • Research visit from Bangladesh to Karlstad
    Our colleagues from Karlstad University, as part of the Centre for Societal Risk Research and CNDS Fellows, Lars Nyberg and Jenni Koivisto, have been part of the delegation that welcomed a delegation of researchers from Bangladesh. The visit was part of an ongoing project, looking into the consequences of climate change to human health in Bangladesh by and aimed at developing a strong research network in the field of climate change and health.
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  • The challenge of unprecedented floods and droughts in risk management
    Many of our Fellows (Elisa Savelli, Johanna Mård, Maurizio Mazzoleni, Elena Ridolfi,) contributed to an analysis which was just published in Nature, aimed at better understanding challenges posed by unprecedented #droughts and #floods. The paper's senior author is CNDS Director, Giuliano Di Baldassarre who was one of the coordinators for data collection, study design and analysis. 
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  • Multiform flood events must be appropriately defined to avoid misrepresentation of climate risk, to prioritize action in areas with disproportionate impact
    One of the most recent articles published on the topic of flood risk in the contemporary world is released in the August edition of the Environmental Research Letters Journal (vol 17, no.8) under the title Multiform flood risk in a rapidly changing world: what we do not do, what we should and why it matters. Co-authored by well-known scientists in the fields of hydrology, climate and disaster science of whom one is CNDS Director, Giuliano Di Baldassarre and led by Andrew Kruczkiewicz, the article identifies challenges and potential consequences related to the oversimplification of disaster type representation in risk assessment and adaptation program design, focusing on non- or mis-assignment of flood type.
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  • Nina von Uexkull awarded the Uppsala University's Oscar prize
    CNDS Fellow (former PhD student and CNDS management team member), Nina von Uexkull has been awarded Uppsala University's Oscar prize for her research on the relationship between climate change and conflict.
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  • The water crisis in Europe can be catastrophic
    Drought and unusual high temperature have impacted countries in south Europe, resulting in a water crisis at the beginning of summer. CNDS Director, the hydrologist Giuliano Di Baldassarre argues that if the situation continues, it will be catastrophic.
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  • Exploring disaster impacts on adaptation actions in 549 cities worldwide
    Whether disasters influence adaptation actions in cities is contested. Yet, the extant knowledge base primarily consists of single or small-N case studies, so there is no global overview of the evidence on disaster impacts and adaptation. 
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  • Pandemic responses at the subnational level: Exploring politics, administration, and politicization in Swedish municipalities
    How did Swedish municipalities deal with the pandemic? The national response has been the highlight all over the world but little focus was given to the subnational level. 
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  • 1st in Sweden and among top 75 in the world in the academic subject Water Resources
    Uppsala University has been ranked (for the fifth year in a row) as the 1st university in Sweden, as well as among top 75 in the world in the academic subject “Water Resources”, according to the latest Shanghai-ranking (Academic Ranking of World Universities). 
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  • Floods, communal conflict and the role of local state institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Does the occurrence of flood disaster increase the risk of communal conflict and if so, does trust in state political institutions mitigate the adverse effect? 
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  • Junior Investigator Award: Elena Raffetti
    In november 2021, Karolinska Institutet (KI) called out for internal junior researchers to apply for the Junior Investigator Award with their research related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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  • People’s Perception of Nature-Based Solutions for Flood Mitigation
    If you are interested in finding out more about the perceived efficacy of nature-based solutions for flood mitigation, the new study conducted by CNDS Fellow, Elena Mondino (UU) with colleagues is open-access. The article found, among other results that connectedness to nature is associated with perceived efficacy of the nature-based solutions. 
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  • CNDS Fellows cited in IPCC report
    Two of our Fellows, Charles Parker (Department of Government, Uppsala University) and Frederike Albrecht (Department of Political Science and Law, Swedish Defence University) have worked together on a book chapter regarding the Montreal Protocol’s success and observes that participating Parties have complied with their targets to reduce ozone depleting substances- which has now been cited in the latest IPCC report.
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  • Congratulations to the recipients of the CNDS Interdisciplinary Grant 2022
    Every year, CNDS encourages Early Career Scientists (i.e., PhD students and postdocs) from CNDS partnering universities, Uppsala University (UU), Karlstad University (KAU) and Swedish Defence University (FHS) to apply for funding for interdisciplinary work within natural hazard and disaster science.
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  • Climate Emergencies in Australian Local Governments: From Symbolic Act to Disrupting the Status Quo?
    The paper examines the emerging phenomenon of climate emergency declarations. The case study is based on Victoria Australia and 30 other councils which have declared a climate emergency, particularly focusing on three of them. The drivers, meanings, and implications and to what extent the subsequent plans reflect a reframing of local government roles and actions are examined. The authors found thart the emergency declaration movement is catalysing councils beyond symbolic declarations potentially opening up space for change and disruption. 
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  • Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and eleven years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster
    March 11 marks the day of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan that caused thousands of fatalities and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. On the same day, two years ago, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that COVID-19 could be characterized as a pandemic. These two crises are emblematic of how natural hazards and related disasters continue to pose a major threat to societies. Droughts and floods, for example, affect more than 100 million people per year, and cause catastrophic losses in many regions of the world. While we cannot prevent extreme weather events, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and pandemics from occurring, societies can become more prepared and reduce vulnerabilities to mitigate their impacts and reduce losses.
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  • SSF individual grants for Ukrainian scientists, 2022
    The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) has allocated 30 million Swedish crowns to finance research grants for Ukrainian scientists seeking professional refuge in Sweden. 
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  • Newly awarded Docents within CNDS
    Our Reference Group Member, Ilias Pechlivanidis (SMHI) has just been awarded the title of Docent (Associate Professor) at Uppsala University, Department of Earth Sciences, in Geosciences with a focus on Environmental Analysis. The same goes for our CNDS Fellow, Dr. Claudia Teutschbein (Uppsala University), awarded the same title, on the topic of hydrology. Congratulations!
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  • Hidden weaknesses within volcanoes may cause volcano collapse
    Lava domes form at the top of many volcanoes when viscous lava erupts. When they become unstable, they can collapse and cause a hazard. An international team of researchers has analysed summit dome instabilities at Merapi Volcano, Indonesia. The researchers hope that by understanding the inner processes, volcano collapses can be better forecasted.
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  • Workshop on ISIMIP for impacts of compound events
    CNDS Fellow, Gabriele Messori (Uppsala University) will be organising a small workshop focussing on the use of ISIMIP data for the study of impacts of compound climate events. The workshop will run from the 21st March to the 22nd March and will be directed to employees at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University.
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  • Anna Rutgersson in Royal Swedish Academy of Science
    CNDS Fellow, Anna Rutgersson (Uppsala University) was elected as new member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in the geosciences class. Anna is Professor in meteorology and her research focuses on the interaction between sea and atmosphere, an important part of the climate.
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  • Copulas for hydroclimatic analysis: A practice-oriented overview
    One function that can be used in analyzing the risks of compound events, given their disproportionately high adverse impacts is Copula. This mathematical function expresses the joint cumulative probability distribution of multiple variables.
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  • Latest status after La Palma volcano disaster
    Massive clean up efforts and a major reconstruction are currently underway on the volcanic island of La Palma after the volcano eruption stopped at the end of last year. 
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  • Access to water - also a potential issue in Sweden
    Even though there seems to be enough water on Earth, it is not accessible everywhere and to everyone.
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  • Drought and society: Scientific progress, blind spots, and future prospects
    Power relations & uneven distribution of risks should be considered explicitely: Society is not homogeneous, decisions are not apolitical.
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  • The Relationship Between the Concentration of NO2 and the COVID-19 Epidemic
    CNDS fellow, Gianmarco Pignocchino's paper on satellite data and epidemic cartography has been recently published and we recommend reading it if you are interested in understanding the relationship between the concentration of NO2 and the COVID-19 epidemic.
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  • Numerical modeling of extreme wave interaction with point-absorber using OpenFOAM
    New article on extreme wave interactions published by CNDS fellows, Eirini Katsidoniotaki and Malin Göteman (Uppsala University). The two have chosen 100-year extreme waves from the environmental contour of the Humboldt Bay site in California, and modeled their interaction with the WEC using the open-source CFD software OpenFOAM. Article available on ScienceDirect's website.
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  • La Palma volcano towards breaking a record - lava flow for 80 days
    CNDS Fellow, Valentin Troll, one of Uppsala University's volcanologists is back to La Palma to assess the evolution of the volcanic eruption. He is bringing us some good news - the earthquakes are shallowing, so the magma-supply system seems to migrate upwards.
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  • "Disaster risk reduction and the limits of truisms: Improving the knowledge and practice interface" featured on PreventionWeb
    The most recent paper of a team of CNDS fellows, "Disaster risk reduction and the limits of truisms: Improving the knowledge and practice interface", led by Daniel Nohrstedt has been featured on PreventionWeb, the global knowledge sharing platform on disaster risk reduction, managed by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).
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  • 10 months later - CNDS Director still in top 2% scientists in the world making career-long impact and 2020 global citations
    The science-wide author database of standardized citation indicators developed by Stanford University has just been updated. 
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  • Arching from Function to Form—Important Design Elements of Simulation Exercises (SimEx) in Emergency Response and Disaster Risk Management
    "The increasing uncertainty with regard to emerging multi-hazard events, compound and cascading disasters, or complex emergencies requires well-suited, adequate preparedness and response structures able to anticipate the complexities of indistinct future risks."
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  • Tackling the climate crisis using lessons from the Montreal Protocol
    CNDS Board Deputy Chair, Charles Parker has co-authored, together with the climate scientist Paul Young, a blog post in Nature discussing the Montreal Protocol and the lessons it holds for tackling the climate crisis in advance of the COP26 summit in Glasgow. 
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  • Municipal organisation of response to pandemic - a real-time study of local resilience
    Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) has recently published a real-time study conducted on the local resilience of the Swedish municipalities in response to the ongoing pandemic.
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  • What will happen when the lava cools? The volcanologist Valentin Trolls has the answer
    The volcano in La Palma has had several eruptions over the weekend, as seen in new dramatic images and CNDS Fellow, Valentin Troll (Uppsala University) tells us about what might be expected in the next couple of weeks.
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  • Equality must be included in climate action
    In order to achieve climate justice, decision-making for climate adaptation must include broader social aspects such as power relations and conflicts of interest.
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  • The first volcanic eruption on La Palma since 1971!
    Incandescent fire fountains and lava flowing down hill towards the coast.
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  • Act before the creeping climate crisis becomes acute
    Mikael Granberg and Lars Nyberg (Karlstad University) are debating the importance of climate change adaptation and underline that this is more important than municipalities' pursuit of growth.
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  • Two weeks left until the 1st Sociohydrology Conference
    There are only two weeks left until we will be listening to these amazing researchers and practitioners in the sociohydrology and water-related fields.  
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  • CNDS Fellow on radio about extreme weather events
    Anna Rutgersson on P3 radio discussing extreme weather events
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  • Article featured in AGU's Editors' Highlights
    CNDS Fellows' paper on research methods to unravel human-water systems' complexity has been featured in the Editors' Highlights!
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  • Etna's ongoing eruption and Etna's historical significance
    Mt Etna has made headlines over the last weeks and months with spectacular eruptions, some of them highly explosive. This type of paroxysmal eruptive behaviour is characteristic of Etna's activity over the past few decades and so it is no surprise that Etna is among the most active volcanoes worldwide.
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  • Building a Sustainable Society: Construction, Public Procurement Policy and ‘Best Practice’ in the European Union
    CNDS fellow, Mikael Granberg (Karlstad University), together with his colleagues, has recently published a new article on sustainable societies and procurement, investigating the tension between politically charged objectives and technological processes and market logics. Their research focused on studying policies related to sustainable public procurement of the built environment in the European Union.
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  • Collaborative crisis management
    Building upon the field of collaborative crisis management, CNDS fellows, Erik Persson and Mikael Granberg (Karlstad University) published an article in the Journal of Risk Research, presenting their case study findings on contingency planning for dam failure risks.
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  • Risk assessment methods for cloudburst damages
    CNDS Fellow, Lars Nyberg awarded 3 million SEK to a three-year project on developing risk assessment methods for cloudburst damages
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  • Desirable Effects from Disturbance Ecology
    Ingress
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  • Support letters for CNDS
    Karlstad University, Swedish Defence University, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) and CNDS PhD students have voiced their acknowledgement of CNDS added value to the interdisciplinary community, expressing their will for continued collaboration by the means of support letters (in English and Swedish).
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  • Corona, crisis management and democracy
    In the spring of 2020, many municipalities were taken by surprise by effects of the Corona pandemic on services and management. The Corona pandemic was defined as an extraordinary event and staff functions and crisis management committees were activated.
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  • Ancient oral traditions and mastery of natural hazards
    Merapi volcano in Central Java, Indonesia, is one of the most hazardous volcanoes in Southeast Asia, yet humans have inhabited the area around Merapi since ancient times. 
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  • Ancient oral traditions and mastery of natural hazards
    Merapi volcano in Central Java, Indonesia, is one of the most hazardous volcanoes in Southeast Asia, yet humans have inhabited the area around Merapi since ancient times. As a consequence, a rich but complex volcano-related folklore has developed.  CNDS ​fellows Valentin Troll (Uppsala University), Frances Deegan (Uppsala University) and their colleague Nadhirah Seraphine (formerly Uppsala University) have researched the role of local legends in rationalizing the dynamic interaction between the volcano and the frequent regional earthquakes through the rich oral traditions and ceremonies in the districts around Merapi.
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  • Contribution to AGU's volume on Crustal Magmatic Systems
    Abigail Barker, one of CNDS Fellows, and co-authors have contributed to AGU's volume on Crustal Magmatic Systems
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  • Contribution to AGU's volume on Crustal Magmatic Systems
    Abigail Barker, one of CNDS Fellows, and co-authors have contributed to AGU's volume on Crustal Magmatic Systems
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  • 4 million grant for Maurizio Mazzoleni’s EU Horizon 2020 project on Climate Services
    Maurizio Mazzoleni’s EU Horizon 2020 project I-CISK has been selected for funding with an unprecedented score of 15.00 (out of 15)!
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  • Maladaptation as a negative assessment of adaptation
    Maladaptation, as a negative assessment of adaptation, is an emerging component of the adaptation discourse, embracing theory, practice and review. There is a political critique of maladaptation which contrasts with the more conventional scientific and technical assessments of adaptation policies, programs and practices. CNDS ​fellow Mikael Granberg (Karlstad University) and his colleague Leigh Glover (Karlstad University) have researched the politics of maladaptation in-depth.
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  • Giuliano Di Baldassarre as new member in the Soloviev medal committee
    Ingress
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  • Transforming Local Climate Adaptation Organization: Barriers and Progress in 13 Swedish Municipalities
    Photo: Jonas Jacobsson Local strategies and policies are key in climate adaptation, although research shows significant barriers to progress. Sweden, often seen as progressive in climate change issues, has struggled in adopting a sufficient local climate adaptation organization. CNDS ​fellow Mikael Granberg (Karlstad University) and his colleague Ann-Catrin Kristianssen (Örebro University) took a deeper look at this issue.  
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  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Guardian of Climate Science
    Chairman of IPCC Hoesung Lee
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  • Floods in the Anthropocene: the good, the bad and the ugly
    CNDS Director, Giuliano Di Baldassarre, receiver of the Plinius Medal 2021 was interviewed by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), and gave his personal take on floods in the Anthropocene.
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  • The legacy of large dams in the United States
    CNDS fellows Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Maurizio Mazzoleni & Maria Rusca have recently published an article in Ambio on large dams in the U.S, where they show how chicken-and-egg dynamics of water supply & demand can generate lock-in conditions characterized by unsustainable levels of water consumption.
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  • Congratulations to the recipients of the CNDS Interdisciplinary Grant 2021
    CNDS provided  Early Career Scientists (i.e., PhD students and postdocs) from CNDS partnering universities Uppsala University (UU), Karlstad University (KAU) and Swedish Defence University (FHS)  to apply for funding for interdisciplinary work within natural hazard and disaster science. The following have applied and have been selected to receive funding: Elin Stenfors (Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University) and Konstantinos Karagiorgos (Karlstad University).
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  • Exposure to natural hazard events unassociated with policy change for improved disaster risk reduction
    Natural hazard events provide opportunities for policy change to enhance disaster risk reduction (DRR), yet it remains unclear whether these events actually fulfill this transformative role around the world. In an article in Nature, CNDS fellows Daniel Nohrstedt, Maurizio Mazzoleni, Charles F. Parker & Giuliano Di Baldassarre investigate relationships between the frequency (number of events) and severity (fatalities, economic losses, and affected people) of natural hazards and DRR policy change in 85 countries over eight years.
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  • The Climate Just City
    Cities are increasingly impacted by climate change, driving the need for adaptation and sustainable development. Local and global economic and socio-cultural influence are also driving city redevelopment. This, fundamentally political, development highlights issues of who pays and who gains, who decides and how, and who/what is to be valued. Climate change adaptation has primarily been informed by science, but the adaptation discourse has widened to include the social sciences, subjecting adaptation practices to political analysis and critique. 
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  • CNDS Director among top 2% scientists in the world making career-long impact
    CNDS Director Giuliano Di Baldassare was ranked amongst top 2% of scientists in the world for career-long citation impact according to new citation ranking developed by Stanford University and published in the journal PLoS Biology.
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  • Debate: Covid-19 and Sweden’s exceptionalism—a spotlight on the cracks in the social fabric of a mature welfare state
    Sweden is often perceived as an exceptional welfare state and among the most advanced nations in terms of welfare service delivery and quality of welfare production and organization. The Swedish welfare state has been characterized by tax-financed and equally distributed healthcare, high-quality and free public education and ambitious social security systems. However, restructuring reforms have resulted in an equally ambitious but highly decentralized, deregulated and liberalized welfare state. 
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  • Drivers of Change in National Disaster Governance under the Hyogo Framework for Action
    CNDS PhD candidate Maximilian Wanner recently published preliminary findings from his doctoral project on the drivers of change in national disaster governance under the Hyogo Framework for Action.
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  • Call for papers to EGU General Assembly 2021
    The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, which  every spring attracts over 16,000 participants from more than 110 countries, will next year be held virtually  "vEGU21: Gather online" on 19-30 April 2021. 
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  • Human responses to rising sea levels
    Photo courtesy of Sveriges radio CNDS Director Giuliano Di Baldassare was interviewed on the Swedish radio program Vetenskapsradio På djupet about the methods and responses that are being discussed to deal with the fact that climate change is contributing to rising sea levels that are invading coastlines and forcing millions of people to flee. 
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  • CNDS Director awarded with the Thuréus Prize
    Today CNDS Director Giuliano di Baldassare is  being awarded the Thuréus Prize by the Swedish Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala with the motivation "for his study of floods, in particular the complex relationship between water flows, population dynamics and susceptibility".  The prize consists of a monetary gift of 75 000 kronor as well as a certificate. 
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  • Professor of hydrology double-award winner
    Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Professor of Hydrology at the Department of Earth Sciences and Director of the Centre for Natural Disaster Science, has recently won two very prestigious scientific awards within just a few days.
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  • Giuliano Di Baldassarre awarded the EGU's Plinius Medal
    Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Director of the Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) and Professor of Hydrology at the Department of Earth Sciences, was awarded the Plinius Medal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). EGU is a non-profit international union of scientists with about 20,000 geo-scientists from all over the world. 
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  • Resilience in the Pacific and the Caribbean: The Local Construction of Disaster Risk Reduction
    CNDS fellow Simon Hollis, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the Swedish Defence University, has recently published the book "Resilience in the Pacific and the Caribbean: The Local Construction of Disaster Risk Reduction" where he critically examines the global diffusion and local reception of resilience through the implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programmes in Pacific and Caribbean island states.
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  • American Geophysical Union selects Professor Giuliano Di Baldassarre as an AGU Honoree
    Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Professor of Hydrology at the Department of Earth Sciences and Director of the Centre for Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), was awarded as the 2020 Paul A. Witherspoon Lecturer by the American Geoscience Union (AGU) that, with 62,000 members from 137 countries, is the world's largest society in Earth Sciences.
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  • The Politics of Adapting to Climate Change
    In this new book, CNDS fellow Mikael Granberg and his colleague Leigh Glover have examined the political themes and policy perspectives related to, and influencing, climate change adaptation. It provides an informed primer on the politics of adaptation, a topic largely overlooked in the current scholarship and literature, and addresses questions such as why these politics are so important, what they mean, and what their implications are. The book also reviews various political texts on adaptation.
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  • CNDS fellow awarded 2019 JEPP Best Paper Prize
    Photo: Vladimir Rodas The Journal of European Public Policy awarded CNDS fellow Charles F. Parker, Thomas Persson and Sten Widmalm with its 2019 Best Paper Prize.
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  • Good Covid-19 News From Italy...and Sweden
    In Bloomberg Opinion CNDS Director Giuliano Di Baldassarre provides some insight regarding the current pandemic drawing upon his academic perspective and the fact that he is an Italian living in Sweden.
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  • Decrease in the number of fatalities from natural hazard related disasters
     Phi Phi Island in Thailand a few days after the 2004 tsunami. Photo: APICHART WEERAWONG/AP 
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  • The effectiveness of soft law in international environmental regimes: participation and compliance in the Hyogo Framework for Action
    CNDS PhD candidate Maximilian Wanner is doing his doctoral thesis on participation and compliance in the Hyogo Framework for Action at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. His recent article discusses the effectiveness of soft law in international environmental regimes.
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  • How Swedish municipalities are utilizing their crisis management committees during the Corona pandemic
    How has crisis management in the Swedish municipalities been carried out during the Corona pandemic? This is one of the issues being addressed in a study where CNDS researchers at Karlstad University together with their colleagues at Mid Sweden University are examining which municipalities have activated their crisis management committees and which have not.
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  • CNDS fellow on National Geographic Channel
    The National Geographic Channel has started a new series "X-Ray Earth" where the latest x-ray techniques are being used to explore the inner layers of Earth. CNDS fellow Valentin Troll (professor at Uppsala University's Department of Earth Sciences) is contributing to the production as an on-site scientist and as Chief Scientific Advisor.
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  • CNDS News Flash - June 2020
    Here is a short and concise summary of the latest from CNDS presented as a pdf with hyperlinks.
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  • New funding for research on links between geopolitical and environmental change
    Photo: Mistra Geopolitics The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research, Mistra, announced a 60 million SEK funding package to the interdisciplinary research programme Mistra Geopolitics. Uppsala University is one of the core partners in this programme.
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  • Can the corona crisis become a catalyst for green technology?
    Photo from Dagens nyheter: Magnus Hallgren When economic conditions are weak, there is a risk that climate change measure are not prioritized. At the same time, interest in sustainable investments is now greater than ever. Can the corona crisis become a catalyst for green technology?
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  • Improving Future Crisis Management Training
    The project CriseIT 2 "Implementing Future Crisis Management Training" has successfully completed its first project year, but much of the foundation for the project was established during the first project effort "CriseIT" where the key insights, tools and methods were identified. CriseIT 2 takes these aspects one step further and maximizes their development potential. Now, CriseIT2 is in an exciting phase where they are testing, refining and further developing tools and the methodology in order to be able to implement an easily accessible, cost-effective and flexible crisis management concept.
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  • When knowledge is uncertain, caution can serve as a guideline
    Foto: Jonas Ekströmer/TT In a pandemic caused by a new virus, knowledge uncertainty is very high and it is precisely in this situation that the precautionary principle must be applied. This is the advice given by CNDS fellows Mikael Granberg and Finn Nilsson and their two other colleagues in a debate article in the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.
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  • Millions of euros to interdisciplinary research on extreme weather
    The European Weather Extremes: Drivers, Predictability and Impacts (EDIPI) project aims to help us better understand the dynamics, predictability and impacts of temperature, precipitation (including drought) and surface wind extremes over Europe. Why does a specific type of weather extreme occur? How can we use this knowledge to better predict it? And finally, what are the likely impacts once it does occur? We will try to answer these questions by combining very different disciplines, from climate science, to statistical mechanics, dynamical systems theory, risk management, agronomy, epidemiology and more.
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  • The Earth´s vibrations have decreased after the corona virus pandemic
    CNDS fellow and seimologist  Björn Lund actively works with the Swedish seismic network (SNSN) and together with his seismologist  colleagues have observed a decrease in the Earth's vibrations since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Björn explains about about why this is the case in his interview on Swedish television. 
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  • SubCity: future imaginaries of the city subsurface
    Underground shopping mall in Montreal, Canada. City planning is entering  a new era and society will need to significantly enhance its use of the subsurface volume below the city landscape. The purpose of the project "SubCity: Future imaginaries of the city subsurface” is to contribute knowledge and solutions for developing Swedish spatial planning so that it creates the conditions to transform towards a sustainable society.
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  • The next big crisis could be a volcano
    What is it like to lead a research group remotely during a full-brown pandemic?  On the Curie pod, CNDS fellow Steffi Burchard tells us about her efforts to pursue research in the mist of the Covid-19 pandemic. But she also talks about the upcoming Swedish research government bill and the importance of funding and supporting basic research so that we can be better prepared for the next big crisis... no matter what that may be, whether it be a pandemic or a massive volcano eruption.
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  • Collaborative crisis management: a plausibility probe of core assumptions
    CNDS fellows Charles Parker, Daniel Nohrstedt and Helena Hermansson, together with their colleagues in Canada, Denmark, and Australia, published the article  "Collaborative crisis management: a plausibility probe of core assumptions" in Policy and Society utilizing the Collaborative Governance Databank to empirically explore core theoretical assumptions about collaborative governance in the context of crisis management.
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  • Research study on experience of risk and mental health among elderly in Sweden in regards of Covid -19
    Although the Centre for Societal Risk Research at Karlstad University is part of CNDS, some of their research extends beyond the traditional boundaries of that which typically falls under the umbrella of disaster risk reduction but which is of interest and value for our efforts in understanding social dynamics and how they influence vulnerabilities, perceptions, governance, policies, institutions, and consequently the natural environment . In a new study at the Centre examines how elderly people in Sweden experience risk in regards of the ongoing corona-pandemic, their ability and willingness to handle the situation and their experiences of how mental health is affected by the situation.
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  • Disasters as an opportunity for improved environmental conditions
    CNDS PhD candidate at Karlstad University, Åsa Davidsson published the article "Disasters as an opportunity for improved environmental conditions" in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Here she presents case studies where disasters provided a window of opportunity for change that included social action with (potentially) positive effects on the environment. 
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  • Discussion and Commentary: COVID-19 and the policy sciences: initial reactions and perspectives
    CNDS fellow Professor Daniel Nohrstedt and colleagues offer insights into the unfolding phenomena in their commentary, which draws on the lessons of the policy sciences literature to understand the dynamics related to COVID-19. They explore the ways in which scientific and technical expertise, emotions, and narratives influence policy decisions and shape relationships among citizens, organizations, and governments. They also discuss varied processes of adaptation and change, including learning, surges in policy responses, alterations in networks (locally and globally), implementing policies across transboundary issues, and assessing policy success and failure. They conclude by identifying understudied aspects of the policy sciences that deserve attention in the pandemic’s aftermath.
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  • Workshop on transdisciplinary research
    CNDS researchers at Karlstad University hosted a group of researchers from the University of West England, University of Gloucestershire, and Linköping University for a two-day workshop with the aim to address doing transdisciplinary research in collaboration with actors outside academia.
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  • Rainfall and its societal consequences
    The research and collaboration project SPLASH has come to an end. The final project results and achievements were presented at a seminar at Länsförsäkringar's office in Jönköping, where the project had started two years earlier. Around twenty participants from several insurance companies, municipalities, and universities attended the final project seminar.  This two-year project was funded by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation (KK-stiftelse).
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  • Centre for Climate and Safety (CCS) has now merged into a new centre: the Centre for Societal Risk Research (CSR).
    Karlstad university is at the forefront in climate and public safety research. In order to enable larger research projects and developed international collaborations, the former CNDS collaborative partner Centre for Climate and Safety (CCS) and Centre for Public Safety (CPS) have now been merged into a new centre: the Centre for Societal Risk Research (CSR). So CNDS now welcomes CSR as our new collaborative partner from Karlstad University.
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  • How global datasets can advance our understanding of a rapidly changing world
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  • CNDS fellow among Geo website's most accessed papers
    Colin Walch's article "Evacuation ahead of natural disasters: Evidence from cyclone Phailin in India and typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines" was among the most downloaded from the Geo Wiley Online Library website in 2019 with 1,188 full-text downloads in comparison to the average number of 567 full-text downloads per article published in Geo in 2019 and the average for geography articles across Wiley’s journals in 2018. 
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  • Some positive effects for the environment during the corona crisis
    Professor Rutgersson and Dr. Mårtensson provide some promising news about how the Corona crisis can actually provide new opportunities for the air and environment. For example, there is evidence that air pollution in China decreased by 20-30 percent this February, and satellite images show that the emissions of the poisonous gas nitrogen dioxide decreased throughout Europe.
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  • CNDS fellows provide perspectives and insights about Coronavirus pandemic
    Drawing upon years of experience and research, CNDS fellows are sharing their knowledge and wisdom with the public in efforts to better understand the current Coronavirus pandemic.
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  • Funding to CNDS fellows from the Kamprad Family Foundation
    The research project When it rains it pours: Biogeophysical drivers and societal responses to compound natural hazard events in Sweden has been awarded funding from the Kamprad Family Foundation. The purpose of the Kamprad Family Foundation is to support, stimulate and reward education and scientific research to promote entrepreneurship, the environment, competence, health and social improvement. 
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  • CNDS Daniel Nohrstedt appointed professor
    Uppsala University has appointed Daniel Nohrstedt to professor. 
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  • Cooperating during a crisis: Ordinary people in extra-ordinary situations
    In this Swedish book “Att Samverka i kris - Vanliga människor i ovanliga situationer"(Cooperating during a crisis: Ordinary people in unusual situations), current research findings are interspersed with fictitious stories about ordinary people who end up in difficult situations and are forced to navigate the crisis management system and actors. This research project and book were commissioned by the Swedish Agency for Civil Contingencies (MSB). The authors are researchers at the Swedish Defence University.
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  • Congratulations to the recipients of the CNDS Interdisciplinary Grant 2020
    CNDS provided  Early Career Scientists (i.e., PhD students and postdocs) from CNDS partnering universities Uppsala University (UU), Karlstad University (KAU) and Swedish Defence University (FHS)  to apply for funding for interdisciplinary work within natural hazard and disaster science. The following have applied and have been selected to receive funding: Frederike Albrecht (FHS), Elena Mondino (UU), Maximilian Wanner (UU), Jacob Hileman (UU), Emma Rhodes (UU), and Joshi Naranji (UU).
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  • Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science celebrates 10th anniversary this year
    In 2010 efforts initiated by senior fellows from Uppsala University, Swedish National Defence College (today, Swedish Defence University), and Karlstad University under the coordination of Professor Emeritus Sven Halldin of Uppsala University lay the foundation of CNDS. On 8 January 2020, the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS) celebrates its 10th anniversary.  A series of events have been planned throughout the year to celebrate this occasion. 
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  • Call for CNDS Interdisciplinary Grants
    CNDS is now providing an opportunity for Early Career Scientists (PhD students and postdocs from CNDS partnering universities Uppsala University, Karlstad University and Swedish Defence University) to apply for funding for interdisciplinary work within natural hazard and disaster science.
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  • Can Regional-Scale Governance and Planning Support Transformative Adaptation? A Study of Two Places
    CNDS fellow Mikael Granberg together with his international colleagues examine more closely the idea that climate change adaptation is best leveraged at the local scale is a well- institutionalized script in both research and formal governance. 
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  • Are We in the Right Path in Using Early Warning Systems?
    CNDS fellow Anna Rutgersson together with her collegues Venugopal Thandlam and Hasibur Rahaman look into the recent tsunami in Indonesia and the factors leading to the mass casualties. They also examine the failure of the early warning systems, methods, and technologies in an attempt to improve future early warning systems designed to mitigate the loss of lives and property against impending disasters. This paper is timely as Indonesia has seen one of the worst tsunamis in recent years and such disasters are continuous threats for the communities. Hence, the authors stress the importance of improving and strengthening the existing early warning systems.
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  • Using storytelling to highlight the challenges of cooperation during crises
    This book uses storytelling to share research findings from Sweden about the 2017 terrorist act on Drottninggatan, the 2018 wildfires, and the 2004 handling of the Tsunami disaster in Thailand.  
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  • EGU sessions and short courses co-organized by CNDS fellows
    The General Assembly 2020 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) is held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 3–8 May 2020. The EGU General Assembly 2020 brings together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. Several CNDS fellows will be co-organizing sessions and short courses. Here is a summary of the CNDS contributions.
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  • Facilitating Doctoral Education in Cross-disciplinary Milieus: Experiences from PhD-candidates
    How can we improve cross-disciplinary research environments? CNDS fellows Malin Mobjörk, Mikael Granberg, Magnus Johansson together with Camilla Berglund (Örebro University) investigated this and published a report on their findings.
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  • Why gender does not stick: Exploring conceptual logics in global disaster risk reduction policy
    Social inequalities have consequences for the everyday lives of women and girls where power relations, institutional and socio-cultural practices make them disadvantaged in terms of disaster preparedness and experience.
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  • Tracing the development of Turkish disaster management policy and governance
    Turkey today is going through possibly the most turbulent period in its history, with major consequences both nationally and internationally. The country looks dramatically different from the Republic founded by Atatürk in 1923. The pace of change has been rapid and fundamental, with core interlinked changes in ruling institutions, political culture, political economy, and society. 
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  • Complex hazard cascade culminating in the Anak Krakatau sector collapse
    Volcano-induced tsunamis are thought to be rare and are therefore not commonly considered in tsunami early warning centers. Historic documents reveal, however, that Southeast Asia experiences volcano-induced tsunami hazards relatively frequently, with 17 events during the 20th century and at least 14 events during the 19th century, defining a recurrence rate of one event every 5–8 years. A volcano-induced tsunami from Anak Krakatau was anticipated, but accurate predictions were impossible owing to a lack of understanding of the processes involved. Hence, this study of the 22 December 2018 sector collapse at Anak Krakatau provides us now with important information about the precursors and processes that culminated in the disaster.
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  • Stable yields also under extreme weather?
    We design our infrastructures, such as bridges, to withstand catastrophic but infrequent events, like floods. Can we use similar reasoning to design our cropping systems? Researchers at SLU and Uppsala University recently received funds from Formas, for a project to support the adaptation of agriculture to climatic extremes. The project will not only take into account the crops, cropping options and weather conditions, but also the human dimension – the farmers’ risk attitude and their decision making under uncertainty.
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  • Nature study on climate change and conflict
    What role does climate change play in civil unrest?
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  • Overlapping Vulnerabilities - The impacts of climate change on humanitarian needs
    When the climate changes, it affects nature, animals, and humans.
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  • Determining the Significance of Trust and Administrative Culture in Crisis Management
    Based on unique survey data and interviews in nineteen EU member states, CNDS researcher Charles Parker, together with his colleagues Thomas Persson and Sten Widmalm, explored the challenges the EU and its member states face in order to achieve more effective cooperation in the quest to better protect its citizens, namely in the critical field of civil protection.
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  • Seminar on Modeling of societal exposure and vulnerability to natural hazards
    The Centre for Climate and Safety, CCS, at Karlstad University (which is part of the CNDS research collaboration) invites you to a seminar day on the 4th of September on the theme Modelling of societal exposure and vulnerability connected to natural hazards. Speakers will be Jesse Rozelle and Casey Zusak from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in USA and Daniel Knös from JLT Re.
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  • Multi-level magma plumbing increases risk of hazardous eruptions
    CNDS researchers together with their other colleagues recently published their article "Multi-level magma plumbing at Agung and Batur volcanoes increases risk of hazardous eruptions" in Scientific Reports.
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  • New study advances network approaches to complex environmental problems
    Sustainable management of natural resources requires knowledge of complex dependencies between societies and ecological systems. A new study in Nature Sustainability identifies what these dependencies are, how they arise, and what the consequences are for sustainable management. "The study contributes to our understanding of how societies interact with ecosystems, which in turn can add new insights to research on disaster risk reduction," says Daniel Nohrstedt - associate professor at the Department of Political Science, research coordinator for CNDS and one of the researchers behind the study.
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  • Congratulations to the recipients of the CNDS Interdisciplinary Grant 2019
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  • CNDS presentations and sessions at EGU 2019
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  • Pedagogical model "Riskville" inspires research article
    Experiences from using Riskville as a pedagogical model has proven to be a good starting point for introducing and discussing the connection between urban planning and risk management. CNDS researchers at the Centre for Climate and Safety (CCS at Karlstad University) are happy to announce that these experiences have been documented and published in scientific article.
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  • CNDS research project "TRAMPOLINE" awarded grant from The Swedish Research Council
    Daniel Nohrstedt, Charles Parker, Giuliano Di Baldassarre and Maurizio Mazzoleni have been awarded a 3-year grant of 4.4 million SEK for their research project The Transformative Potential of Extreme Weather Events (TRAMPOLINE).  The purpose of the project is to investigate extreme hazard events as potential triggers for changes in DRR policy and development.
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  • Issue of climate change and security makes the agenda for "Folk och Försvar"
    "Folk och Försvar" is an annual national conference that serves as a forum for discussions on Swedish security politics, national defence and societal security.  For the first time in its 30 year history, the issue of climate change was designated its own session, marking its increasing importance.
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  • Congratulations to Eduardo Reynold Puga who has nailed the date for his doctoral defence
    His dissertation Flood Prediction in data-scarce basins: Maximising the value of limited hydro-meteorological data is scheduled to be defended in the Hamburg lecture hall (Geo Center, Uppsala University)  at 10:00 on 8 February 2019.
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  • Unveiling Earth’s floodplains: Researchers develop new zoning tool that provides global topographic datasets in minutes
    A new paper on the Nature’s journal Scientific Data describes the first high-resolution global map of Earth’s floodplains developed by an international team of four water scientists, including Giuliano Di Baldassarre professor of hydrology at the Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University and director of CNDS.
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  • But what role did the EU have in the UN climate negotiations in Katowice?
    The United Nations climate conference held in Katowice (COP24) produced a deal on implementing the Paris climate agreement. CNDS fellow Charles F. Parker and his colleague Christer Karlsson explain that in the absence of a constructive approach from the United States, the EU sought to provide leadership by working together with China and other partners.
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  • The Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS) is now accepting paper proposals!
    The theme of this year's conference is 'Nature, Society and Scale' and includes interdisciplinary panels that reflect threshold concepts in relation to risk, disasters, crises and emergencies as well as the theoretical and methodological implications of the different disciplinary approaches, interventions, and contexts. 
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  • The unintended consequences of dams and reservoirs
    An international team of drought scientists show that while many dams and reservoirs are built, or expanded, to alleviate droughts and water shortages, they can paradoxically contribute to make them worse. The study is published in Nature Sustainability. The research team behind the new study was led by professor Giuliano Di Baldassarre, Director of CNDS.
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  • Water shortage due to storage?
    While many dams and reservoirs aim to alleviate droughts and water shortages, they can paradoxically make them worse.
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  • New article on the effectiveness of national and EU-level civil protection systems: evidence from 17 member states
    This article utilizes survey data from civil protection agencies in 17 EU member states to shed light on the factors that promote national and EU-level effectiveness in civil protection and crisis management. The study found both the extent to which a national civil protection agency is organized hierarchically and adheres to a rule governed structure and the extent to which the agency scores highly with regards to a trust-based, professional culture are significantly related to the degree to which civil protection practitioners will value national and EU-level civil protection institutions. 
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  • Thanks for the great turn-out at the 2018 Forum on Natural Hazards and Disasters!
    This year's event, hosted by the Centre for Climate and Safety in Karlstad,  focused on how we can be better at utilizing data, research and experiences in our efforts to deal with the damages and losses associated with disasters.
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  • Natural Hazards Day - CNDS workshop commemorating the Vajont Dam disaster
    The event was co-organized by the Department of Earth Sciences and the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science (CNDS), and it was well attended with more than 50 participants. The workshop focused on multi-hazards, compound events and cascading effects, which are gaining increasing attention in the natural hazards community.
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  • New CNDS PhD graduate
    On 26 October, CNDSer Jenni Koivisto successfully defended her doctoral dissertation "Navigating in the Midst of Uncertainties – Challenges in Disaster Risk Governance in Mozambique" at Karlstad University. Per Becker, from the Faculty of Engineering LTH at Lund University, served as the opponent during the defence. Vi gratulerar Doktor Jenni Koivisto, Risk- och Miljöstudier för en väl genomförd dispu
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  • Call for panel proposals - Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies 2019
    The 4th Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies (NEEDS) 2019 will be organized by the Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology and the Centre of Natural Hazards and Disaster Science on 10–12 June 2019 in Uppsala.
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  • Program for Forum om Natural Hazards and Disasters, 15 November in Karlstad
    More information about the program and registration available here  The registration deadline has been extended to 6 November.
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  • CNDS Director participates in panel discussion on the recent floods in Kerala, India
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  • Thank you for participating in the CNDS & EGU Summer Research School 2018
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  • Finding Consistent Measurements For Drought And Flood Assessments
    In Science Trends, Beatriz Quesada-Montano and Giuliano Di Baldassare share their insights on attempts to find consistent measurements for drought and flood assessments. 
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  • CNDS fellows comment on 2018 forest fires in Swedish newspaper
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  • CNDS Fellows reveal adaptive human settlements after flood events
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  • Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Researcher at Swedish Defence University
    The Swedish Defence University has announced a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with a specialisation in crisis management and international cooperation, with extra an emphasis on disaster risk reducation and natural hazards. Last application date is 31 August 2018. More information here.
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  • Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Researcher at Karlstad University
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  • Literature Review: Managing Crises Collaboratively - Prospects and Problems
    CNDS fellows Daniel Nohrstedt, Fredrik Bynander, and Charles Parker have published a literature review addressing the challenges and opportunities presented when collaboratively managing crises.
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  • CNDS fellow discusses significance of water management in Dagens Nyheter
    Together with seven other experts, CNDS fellow Christine Wamsler wrote an article for DN DEBATT raising the issue of the need to reform Swedish water governance and management in light of the newly proposed national climate adaptation strategy.
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  • CNDS commemorates World Water Day
    Several CNDS fellows, who research various aspects of water, contributed to a research seminar commemorating World Water Day. Drawing upon their different academic disciplines and competencies, they were able to present various perspectives in an effort to provide a more comprehensive picture of the complex issue of water.
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  • Centre for Climate and Safety receives research funding for disaster modelling
    The Knowledge Foundation (Stiftelsen för kunskaps- och kompetensutveckling) has allocated SEK 3.4 million to this interdisciplinary research project on disaster modeling, focusing on flood risks.
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  • CNDS Fellow Charles Parker's article published as research highlight in Nature Climate Change
    Nature Climate Change has selected CNDS Fellow Charles Parker and Christer Karlsson’s Environmental Politics article,“The UN climate change negotiations and the role of the United States: assessing American leadership from Copenhagen to Paris”, as a Research Highlight in their new issue.
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  • Two new Postdoc Positions at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University
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  • Research Article: Systematic Knowledge Sharing in a Natural Hazard Damage Context - How Organizational Borders Limit Lessons Learned
    CNDS fellows Monika Rydstedt Nyman and Magnus Johansson are co-authors of a new article on lesson learning.
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  • CNDS fellows publish article in Advances in Water Resources
    Beatriz Quesada Montano and Giuliano Di Baldassarre together with colleagues from Costa Rica and the UK propose a new method that allows assessing changes in both floods and droughts in a consistent way.
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  • Cross-disciplinary CNDS commentary accepted for publication
    A commentary titled "An integrative research framework to unravel the interplay of natural hazards and vulnerabilities", written by a group of CNDS researchers, has been accepted for publication in the open access journal Earth's future.
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  • Two PhD positions at the Department of Engineering Sciences, Division of Electricity, Uppsala University
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  • Giuliano Di Baldassarre about adaptation to flood risk in Bangladesh
    Giuliano Di Baldassarre, the Director of CNDS, contributed to a piece about Bangladesh's challenges and new-founded opportunities posed by flooding on Radio Sweden’s program “Vetandets värld”.
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  • PhD student position in Political Science at the Swedish Defence University
    The position will contribute to a research theme at CNDS, which is aimed at understanding the short-term and long-term consequences of resilience policies at the national and local policy levels. The larger research effort is designed to address the consequences of resilience as an established policy paradigm. Current research has focused on the emergence and spread of such policies as well as the scope of conditions for producing a more resilient individual, community or infrastructure. We are cognizant of the emergence and spread of resilience as an organizational principle for defining national policies in many countries, but presently have inadequate knowledge of which negative and positive consequences these policies will produce for the public and private sectors
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  • Valentin Troll points out the world's five most dangerous volcanos
    These five volcanos are considered especially dangerous since they would have devastingly effects for humanity if they awakened. In this short and informative video clip, CNDS fellow Professor Troll explains some of societal consequences we could expect if one of these volcanos erupted.
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  • Six new positions on Hydrological Extremes at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University
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  • CNDS/EGU Summer School on Natural Hazards in the Anthropocene
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  • CNDS part of new collaboration with Makerere University, Uganda
    CNDS has become a partner in the Sida-financed project BREAD, Building Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods to Climate Change and Disaster Risks, which is carried out in collaboration with Lund University and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
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  • Book release: Local Action on Climate Change - Opportunities and constraints
    The latest addition to Routledges series on Advances in Climate Change Research is the book "Local Action on Climate Change - Opportunities and constraints" with valuable contributions from CNDS board member Mikael Granberg and CNDS management team member Lars Nyberg.
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  • Winter party and launch of new seminar series
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  • Giuliano Di Baldassarre receives ERC Consolidator Grant for his project on hydrological extremes and society
    Giuliano Di Baldassarre, the Director of CNDS, was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant for his project "HydroSocial Extremes: Unravelling the Mutual Shaping of Hydrological Extremes and Society."  
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  • Steffi Burchardt awarded a research grant by the Wallenberg Foundation for her project on fracture formation in magma
    CNDS fellow Steffi Burchardt was awarded a research grant by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation for her discovery of a paradoxical property in magma: it can fracture even though it flows. Her aim is to understand how fracture formation in magma influences everything from the prediction of volcanic eruptions to deposits of noble metals and the formation of oil reservoirs.
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  • CNDS Fellows contribute to Routledge series book: Local Action on Climate Change - Opportunities and constraints
    The latest addition to Routledges series on Advances in Climate Change Research is the book "Local Action on Climate Change - Opportunities and constraints" with valuable contributions from CNDS board member Mikael Granberg and CNDS management team member Lars Nyberg.
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  • Korbinian Breinl's views on the Sendai framework and DRR in Sweden
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  • CNDS Fellows receive royal visitor at RiskLab at Karlstad University
    The royal visit began with a presentation, for H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf and the other guests, on climate-related risks and society's management of them by Mikael Granberg and Lars Nyberg from the Centre for Climate and Safety (CCS), Karlstad University and CNDS Fellows.
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  • CNDS has a new name in English
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  • Sara Bondesson: Politically produced disasters affect the world, Swedish online magazine Mänsklig Säkerhet
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  • Natural hazards – capturing weather patterns across climates and scales
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  • Thank you for participating in the 6th Annual Assembly
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  • Valentin Troll in Swedish science magazine
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  • CNDS researchers help unveil the secret of the supervolcano
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  • Frederike Albrecht defends her doctoral thesis
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  • Frederike Albrecht nailed her doctoral thesis
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  • Helena Hermansson defends her doctoral thesis
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  • Call for PhD and Postdoctoral Studies at CNDS
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  • Lina Eriksson defends her doctoral thesis
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  • Sara Bondesson defends her doctoral thesis
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  • New web page
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  • Helena Hermansson nailed her doctoral thesis
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  • Diana Fuentes Andino defends doctoral thesis
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  • Sara Bondesson nailed her doctoral thesis
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  • CNDS kick-off workshop 2017
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  • CNDS on social media
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  • CNDS PhD students at the Winter Conferment Ceremony 2017
    Four PhD students within CNDS attended the Winter Conferment Ceremony on Friday 27 January 2017. 
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  • New Board and Director for CNDS
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  • CNDS receives continued funding
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  • Seminar on Natural Hazards and Extreme Hydrometeorological events
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  • Thank you for participating in the CNDS & UCL-IRDR workshop 2016
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  • Four CNDS PhD students will defend in November
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  • Thank you for attending the Forum on Natural Disasters 2016
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