CGU Seminar

Seminars & talks
2023-05-31 15:00

Talk within the framework of the Computational Geophysics Unit (GEO3BCN-CSIC & BSC-CNS) that will take place on May 31 at 3:00 pm at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre as part of the Severo Ochoa Research Seminars.

"Exposure assessment and damage estimates in earthquake-prone areas: open challenges and opportunities", by Dr. Chiara Scaini, researcher at the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS).

  • Wednesday, May 31 at 15:00 h
  • BSC-CNS, Room Severo Ochoa (Capella).  For non-BSC visitors, the meeting point is at the BSC reception, 14:40 h to request badges.
  • The online-streaming link will be announced soon.


Despite all the advances in seismology and seismic engineering, nowadays, earthquakes still cause damage to buildings and subsequent impacts on exposed communities. This might be partially mitigated by improving response measures based on a rapid assessment of expected building damages. The talk provides an overview of OGS activities to support emergency managers in the aftermath of a seismic event. The OGS seismic monitoring network along northeastern Italy allows for recording and locating the earthquakes and issuing near real-time damage estimates to the civil protection agency. Such estimates are based on the knowledge of building typologies and their distribution (namely, the exposure) associated with an expected behaviour (related to their fragility/vulnerability). The talk will describe the methodologies employed to develop exposure datasets and assess expected damages, with examples from northeastern Italy and Central Asia. The potential of HPC to support more reliable damage estimates will also be discussed, as well as future work planned in the framework of the Next Generation EU national projects.


Chiara Scaini, PhD in Environmental Engineering, is a researcher at the National Institute of Oceanography and applied geophysics (OGS). She develops exposure datasets and damage assessment methodologies for disaster risk reduction (DRR) purposes. She is involved in several Next Generation Europe projects related to high-performance computing and disaster risk reduction. Likewise, she is the reference person for high-performance computing activities in the seismology department of OGS. A common point in her previous and current activity is the collection and management of risk-related knowledge to provide support for emergency managers and policymakers.


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  • 2023-05-31 15:00

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