Members of the engineering and scientific communities, representatives from international funding agencies, and other regional groups joined the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) and the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation to launch a GEM Caribbean Regional Programme. The idea is to establish uniform and open standards for calculating and communicating earthquake risk worldwide.
Caribbean 360 reports that, “While the knowledge and expertise required for developing tools to calculate earthquake hazard and risk exists, the low occurrence of earthquakes in any one country or region renders it difficult to test the efficiency of these tools.
Dr. Rui Pinho, Secretary General of the GEM Foundation, noted, “We urgently need a trans-national dialogue to discuss and vet our different ideas and approaches as only through such global testing will we learn what methods are superior and only through a shared standard set of tools will we be able to exchange ideas, results and approaches and ultimately mitigate seismic risk to which the world is exposed,” he said.
Over the next three days, participants from across the region will be introduced to the GEM goals and discussions will be held to establish a strategy for achieving them. Through this interaction, it is hoped that gaps in existing knowledge in the Caribbean regarding earthquake hazard, vulnerability and earthquake risk can be identified and the necessary research prioritized in order to make full use of the GEM software and tools in the Caribbean region.
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