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News Archive 2013-2016

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Super Typhoon Haima

Warning of the tropical cyclone Haima / Lawin for the Philippines and China.

Image source: JTWC
Further Information
On-site UPDATES on Hurricane "Matthew"

Updated and extended report as PDF

German summary available on ESKP

Earthquake near Amatrice, Central Italy

to the short report

Hochwasser/Überschwemmungen Süddeutschland Mai/Juni 2016
High water/flooding in southern Germany May/June 2016

report as PDF (German or English)

nepal erdbeben
CEDIM Follow-Up Investigation on the Nepal Earthquake

to the article

Schwäbisch Hall
Devastation caused by floods and landslides in the southern part of Germany (especially: region Schwäbisch Hall)

Information and Summary

to the article

Devastating forest fires developed around Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada

Information and summary


James Daniell
We congratulate Dr. James Daniell on winning the KIT Doctoral Award 2015

With the KIT Doctoral Award KIT acknowledges outstanding doctoral researchers.

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Natural Disasters since 1900: Over 8 Million Deaths and 7 Trillion US Dollars damage

The CATDAT database contains socioeconomic loss and metrics from natural disasters globally: Floods have caused the highest damage, earthquakes and storms show an increasing role in recent times – Studies help catastrophe management.

To the report

Block course „Insuring Catastrophe Risk“ of Dr. Gero Michel at the Geophysical Institute Wintersemester 2015/2016

Further information concerning the block course and to sign up over ILIAS here.

Satellite Image
CEDIM report on extreme rain events in Central Europe, 19th to 21st November 2015

Within the time of 19th to 21st November 2015 several severe extreme rain events took place in Central Europe. The waterlevel of several rivers increased significantly and secondary storm damages were observed.

To the report

M=6,7 earthquake in Lefkada, Greece on November 17th 2015

An earthquake with an intermediate strength of Mw=6,7 took place on November 17th 2015 in Greece, Lefkada at 07:10 UTC.

To the report

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Earthquake Chile Mw 8.3, 16 September 2015

CEDIM situation report on earthquake and tsunami


Nepal shelter
Field mission of CEDIM researchers after earthquake in Nepal

Focus on shelter decisions

Go to the report...

CEDIM is partner in the new German IRDR International Center of Excellence

IRDR ICoE Critical Infrastructures and Strategic Planning

More: http://www.irdrinternational.org/2015/06/12/irdr-welcomes-new-icoe-germany/

IRDR Centers of Excellence: http://www.irdrinternational.org/about/structure/icoes/

M=7.76 earthquake in Nepal, Kathmandu on April 25th 2015, 06:11 UTC

A severe earthquake occurred in Nepal, Kathmandu on April 25th 2015, 06:11 UTC, with a Magnitude of 7,76. More than 8000 fatalities are expected.

CEDIM Report 3

go to analyses

EMI Report
Guidebook for measuring of urban risk resilience

Final release of the EMI report with contributions of the CEDIM team. The report was published and presented on 14-18 March 2015 at the third WCDRR.

More information...


Willis Research Network Seminar, London

Exploring European Extremes: An Afternoon with Willis

CEDIM contribution with the "European Hail Model"

13th May 2015, Willis Auditorium, London

More information...
The potential of crowdsourcing for disaster risk management

In Munich Re’s recent publication, TOPICs GEO Natural Disasters 2014, CEDIM-scientist Stefan Hinz explains the role of crowdsourcing in CEDIM’s Near-real-time Forensic Disaster Analysis and talks about “looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Link to the Munich Re publication

CEDIM project OSMREX between GFZ in Potsdam and ICES in Geneva applying for the 2015 UNISDR Risk Award

The collaborative CEDIM project OSMREX between GFZ in Potsdam and ICES (International Centre for Earth Simulation) in Geneva ranked within the 20 top applicants for the 2015 UNISDR Risk Award.

More information...

Results of the joint project "Investigations on the Overcoming of the 2013 Flood"

Presentation of the results of the joint project "Investigations on the Overcoming of the 2013 Flood", Federal Ministry of Research and Education at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science on February 19th, 2015

More information...

CEDIM-Session: Forensic Disaster Analyses – Learning from Disasters at the EGU 2015

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna | Austria | 12 – 17 April 2015

More Information
Typhoon Hagupit
Typhoon "Hagupit", December 06-09 2014

CEDIM report No 1, December 09, 12:00 GMT


Summary on High Impact Weather November 2014 in the Mediterranean and the Alps

During the first 18 days of November strong low pressure system repeatedly were responsible for enormous rain amounts in southern France, southern Switzerland, Italy, and around the western and central Mediterrenean Sea.
The rain caused landslides, flooding, transport interruption and more than 10 deaths.

CEDIM report

New World Bank Report with contributions by CEDIM researcher online

Software Packages Available to Quantify Risk from Natural Hazards link

to report
Satellite image Rammasun
Typhoon "Rammasun", July 15-18 2014

CEDIM report No 1, July 18, 12:00 GMT: update July 30 2014 now online


ASEM Initiative: „Post-Haiyan - A Way Forward”

CEDIM has been invited to participate in the ASEM Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in June in Manila, Philippines

More infos
"Earth and Environment“ – Earth System Knowledge Platform (ESKP) online

Current research results and consolidated background knowledge, amongst other things also on natural hazards, provided by eight Helmholtz centres. Also CEDIM's results are being presented here.

ESKP website
Our Climate – Our Future

REKLIM International conference, one day for the general public
October 6-9, 2014, Berlin

Further information
Iquique Earthquake, Chile; 1.4.2014

Impact Summary No. 2; Status: 03.04.2014, 11:00 pm

Invitation for the 5th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and 1st National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology; 19.-20.06.2014, Bucharest, Rumania

For more information, please click here.

Forensic Disaster Analysis Session at EGU organized by CEDIM

 European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014
Vienna | Austria | 27 April – 02 May 2014
Forensic Disaster Analyses – Learning from Disasters

Winterstorm 'Xaver', Northern Central Europe, North Sea, South Scandinavia, Baltic Sea; 05.12.2013

Report 1, Status: 06.12.2013 07:00pm 

alpS meets CEDIM

First meeting for scientific exchange between CEDIM and alpS, November 18th 2013 at alpS-Centre, Innsbruck, Austria.

Fund-raiser at KIT for the reconstruction of the University of Tacloban

Tuesday, November 19th at 07.30pm at KIT-Campus South, with talks about the development of typhoons and loss assessment.

press information 144/2013 (german)
CEDIM Session at EGU 2014

Call for papers – "NH9.2 - Forensic Disaster Analyses – Learning from Disasters" at the EGU General Assembly 2014 from 27 April – 02 May 2014. Online abstract submission is possible via the following link until the 16 January 2014

EGU homepage
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June Flood 2013, Central Europe

FDA: Report 2, Status:         20 June 2013, 10:00am

to the analysis
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June Flood 2013 – Report 1 & 2

The reports about the June Flood 2013 are now available in english.
Report 1
Report 2

Hochwasser Passau
June Flood 2013 - Report 1 Update 2

Focus on Precondition, Meteorology, Hydrology; Status: 20. June 2013, 10:00 o'clock (Report)

to the analysis
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CEDIM Vacancy - Job Announcement

PostDoc Position in Forensic Disaster Analysis

Effekte 2013
CEDIM at the Sciencefestival „Effekte“ in Karlsruhe at 22./23. June 2013


June Flood 2013 - Interview

CEDIM staff member Prof. Bruno Merz (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre For Geoscience, Sec. 5.4) in an interview with the German news channel N24 (Berlin, 5. June 2013)

to the interview (german)
Fischbeck flut
June Flood 2013 - Report 2

Focus: Flood Impacts and Resilience, Status: 11. June 2013 16 o'clock
(Report 2)

to the analysis
Hochwasser Passau
June Flood 2013, Central Europe – CEDIM Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA)

Update – First Report
Focus Germany, Status: 08. June 2013, 18:00 o'clock (report

to the anlysis
Information about heavy rain / flood in Central Europe and northern subalpine region

Intensive rainfalls causes floods and landslides in southeast Germany, as well as in parts of Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic.

Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung (german)
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CEDIM Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA) – June Flood 2013, Central Europe

First report – focus on Germany, status 03. June 2013, 16 o'clock
pdf (german)

to the analysis
EF5-Tornado Moore
Heavy thunderstorms with tornados over the Great Plains and Mid-West of the USA

Badly affected was Oklahoma, where an EF5-Tornado struck Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung (german)
Warning: Heavy Rain from 30.05 - 02.06.2013 in Central Europe

There is a risk of floods and landslides, particularly in the northern subalpine region (Lake Constance to Salzburg and Upper Austria).

Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung (german)
Phreatic explosion at Mayon volcano, Philippines, 6 May 2013

CEDIM consequently recommends to internationalize the alert levels and introduce standard definitions applicable globally.

more information
Interview: Iran is a high risk region for earthquakes

CEDIM member and section leader of the GFZ Prof. Dr. Frederik Tilmann (Section 2.4 - Seismology) gave an interview about the earthquake in the Iran/Pakistan border area.

to the interview (german)
Iran earthquake Tweets per location
Test run: Crowd Sourcing

Reactions on Twitter about the Iran/Pakistan (Mw 7.8) earthquake.

more information