An earthquake model to help prepare for and assess the potential risks of seismic activity in the Middle East is being developed in collaboration with the Global Earthquake Model (GEM). The Earthquake Model of the Middle East Region (EMME) consists of a range of modules: Hazard, Seismic Risk, City Scenarios, Socioeconomic Impact and IT and Model Building. Along with GEM it is an incredibly interesting and ambitious project that has the potential for seriously influencing policy in countries exposed to large earthquake hazards and risks. As urban development continues to grow in countries throughout the Middle East, combine this with intense seismic activity throughout the region and the need to manage risks and hazards caused by earthquakes becomes clear.
GEM recently has put out a call for funding Expressions of Interest in a number of different parts of the project. For those interested in working for the project, a number of different activities are listed on GEM’s website: http://www.globalquakemodel.org/macroseismic-intensity_EOI.
GEM is an entirely open source model and uses OpenQuake software that can be used ‘to compute hazard and risk on any scale’. More information is available on http://openquake.org/. Open source software has the potential to radically change how we perceive, understand and prepare for seismic risks. It could allow communities to prevent damage caused by earthquakes and even save many lives. These are information technologies that clearly have a role to play in preparing for large-scale disasters.
Earthquake model could help reduce risks in Middle East. Alternet/SciDev
Earthquake Model of the Middle East Website: http://www.emme-gem.org/
Global Earthquake Model Website: http://www.globalquakemodel.org/