For several years, CEDIM’s research has focused on Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA) in near-realtime. The objectives of this new research are to assess a disaster directly after its occurrence, analyse its effects, track its temporal development, and identify the factors most relevant to its implications. In the course of a CEDIM FDA-Task Force Activity, reports with different foci are written contemporaneously, i.e., a few days to weeks after the disaster occurs. In some cases, specific field studies on site complement these analyses.
Forensic Disaster Analyses also are a focus of the funding phase 2016 – 2018 (Phase IV). Therefore, the research approach has been developed further by integrating social science studies and sharpening the profile to include society’s areas of demand of energy, mobility, and information. The objectives of the new CEDIM projects, which began at the end of 2016 are to scrutinize changes in risk and resilience attributable to social change, especially concerning energy, mobility, and supply systems, and critical infrastructures in urban areas. These projects are supplemented by existing projects in the areas of rapid damage assessments after natural catastrophes, web-based prediction and analysis of extreme weather situations, automatic space-time detections of disasters from social networks and the modeling of the threat and risk of tsunamis. As the figure below shows, the current projects address important questions of risk and catastrophe research from the hazard to systemic resilience to the social impact and the handling of risks.