A seminar held on Tuesday 21 October 2008 at the British Geological Survey, Keyworth exploring:
Parts of the BGS are considering supplying risk assessment services. The Geo-Risk seminar provided a framework to develop an integrated service approach to understand what work is appropriate for BGS, what help we need, and who can best provide it.
Presentations and posters gave insight into the views of BGS staff and guests from academia, government and industry. Examples of geohazard and geo-risk assessment work were presented and views on where geologists fit into the risk assessment process were discussed.
|Abstracts||Presentation Download||Lead author||Organisation|
|Earthquake Risk in Europe||Yes||Dr B Baptie||BGS|
|Environmental Pollution Risk Ranking - ConSEPT||Yes||S Quigley||BGS|
|Groundwater – how risky is it?||Yes||A McKenzie||BGS|
|Hazard and risk in planning for development in England||Yes||Dr B Marker||Independent Consultant|
|Lesser Antilles: good communication in volcanic risk assessment||Yes||Dr J Barclay||UEA|
|Regulating risk – who knows what is (un)acceptable?||No||Prof P Nathanail||University of Nottingham|
|Risk assessment of offsite migration of landfill gas||Yes||T Vounaki||BGS|
|Shallow Geohazards and Risks||Yes||Dr T Cooper||BGS|
|BGR's role in geohazard / georisk assessment||Yes||Dr D Balzer||BGR|
|Volcanic Risk||Yes||Prof S Sparks||Bristol University|
|Poster Title||Poster Download||Lead author||Organisation|
|Communicating uncertainty: geomagnetic field estimates: directional drilling||Yes||S Macmillan||BGS|
|From geoscience data to hazard assessments and safer development||Yes||J Walsby||BGS|
|Geomagnetic hazards to the Scottish Power network||Yes||S Reay||BGS|
|Improving the understanding of the risk from groundwater flooding||Yes||D M J Macdonald||BGS|
|Long term volcanic hazards: volcano distribution databases: Japan||Yes||S Mahony||Bristol University|
|Role of BGS Enquiries involving risk to land/property||Yes||A Brown||BGS|
|Shrink-swell hazard assessment: spatial data; topsoil texture; volume change||Yes||L Jones||BGS|
|Volcanic Risk Reduction: Tristan da Cunha||Yes||Anna Coulbeck||UEA|
An important part of the day was to identify if geoscientists, and others we may want to work with, have the same understanding of the terms hazard and risk. There was a general consensus but some concern over these terms being used interchangeably. Below are some example definitions for consideration:
Hazard — is the potential to cause harm
Risk — is the likelihood of harm
It is important to distinguish between hazard and risk.
Hazard — A potentially damaging physical event, phenomenon, or human activity that may cause loss of life or injury, property damage, social and economic disruption, or environmental degradation.
Risk — The probability of harmful consequences, or expected losses (deaths, injuries, property and livelihood loss, economic activity disrupted or environment damaged) resulting from interactions between natural or human-induced hazards and vulnerable conditions.
Vulnerability — The conditions determined by physical, social, attitudinal, economic, and environmental factors or processes that increase the susceptibility of a community to the impact of hazards.
Risk analysis / assessment — A methodology to determine the nature and extent of risk by analyzing potential hazards and evaluating existing conditions of vulnerability that could pose a potential threat or harm to people, property, livelihoods, and the environment on which they depend.
Contact Matt Harrison, Head of Information Products for more information about the Geo-Risk Seminar or future BGS risk related work proposals.