Motivation & Impact
The MEDiate project seeks to consider multiple interacting and compounding hazards, particularly those predicted to get more frequent and more intense due to climate change, and predict how the components of risk will change over time. Co-design, co-development and co-evaluation of a DSS, based on close and long-running interactions with end users located in four European testbeds, is central to the project’s vision. This DSS will allow end users to model and visualise potential disaster scenarios and understand how potential physical and social actions will influence the scenarios and their communities resilience to current and future natural hazards.
The project will improve multi-hazard assessments, accounting for interactions and trends in their components, and highlight potential trends due to climate change. It will also provide end users with a means to visualise potential scenarios and model the impact of mitigation.
Role of R2M
R2M will lead the WP7 – Ethics, legal and social aspects of MEDIate.
R2M will identify any possible impact of behavioral and cognitive biases on risk perceptions (WP1). R2M will also ensure that data protection is ensured for the general knowledge created in WP2 relating to multi-hazard interactions and cascading impacts (such knowledge can reveal sensitive when related to critical buildings and/or infrastructures vulnerability for instance, etc.). Ethics and legal aspects are also involved in the exploitation of the physical and social vulnerability models developed in WP3 and the collection and exploitation of real-life data from the testbeds (historical data from past multihazard events, potential data from sensors, etc.).