Natural geological hazards, such as earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions, and their associated impacts and risks are of key concern to lives and livelihoods, including long-term economic growth. Monitoring and understanding dynamic geological processes and using this information to improve disaster risk reduction can increase the security and sustainability of development.
Our collaborative research focuses on characterising complex, multihazard processes primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean, eastern Africa and Asia. Our aim is to improve resilience of communities to hazards via key research themes:
- strengthening multihazard resilience through integrating citizen science, innovative technologies and understanding of environmental processes, hazards and impacts
- enhancing resilience of institutional networks, systems and communities in eastern Africa
- developing sustainability and resilience across the disaster cycle
Our international, collaborative research with partners is fully aligned with global drivers including the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We focus on SDGs 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 13 (climate action) and 17 (partnerships for the goals). We are also actively working towards delivering the four priorities for action in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction:
- understanding disaster risk
- strengthening disaster risk governance
- investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
- enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to ‘build back better’
We agree research aims and impacts with our partners and monitor progress using a ‘theory of change’. Our global, collaborative efforts are achieved through a series of key integrated research tasks.
We are working with partners to develop a citizen science app for collecting and sharing observations of natural hazards and impacts in near real-time.
We are developing geophysical monitoring systems that can be used to study hydraulic processes inside unstable slopes to identify and and give early warning of landslide events.
The BGS Volcanology group are supporting a variety of projects under the ODA programme that are building partnerships, sharing knowledge, and enhancing our understanding of hazards and risks.