When considering natural hazards, there are basically two possible viewing directions:
- The natural scientific perspective, which analyses natural processes and displays protectional measures for humans and their constructions as modification of these processes.
- The social scientific perspective, which demands to question the term of nature hazards. Are humans who build in areas that are regularly affected by nature hazards (as riparian zones, alluvial zones and avalanche ares) no longer responsible for damages resulting from nature hazards?
The core interest for the working group nature hazards is the public perception of nature hazards. The focus is as well on the indivudual percpetion as on the societal perception, which is expressed in political programmes or laws.
- Alpine nature hazards in the times of climate change
- evaluation of paricipative procedures in alpine and protective forest management
- Assistance to the Mountain Forest Offensive.
- Flood Risk Management Plans for the Implementation of the EU Flood Risk Management Directive.
- Development and evaluation of communication and information concepts in flood protection (Project FloodScan)
- conflict analysis and conflict consulting within the determination of flooding areas
- risk awareness and risk communication of natural hazards in the bavarian alp region
- Master thesis by Anne Gedysen: Coastal Areas at Risk: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change in the Wadden Sea Region