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An innovative methodology for preventing, managing and overcoming natural disasters

Published on 04/02/2021 (last modified 04/02/2021)

The researchers of the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy (FGAG) of the University of Split are developing a methodology for assessing the exposure of Croatian territory to single and multi-hazard events in coastal and urban areas.

The single-hazard research addresses the development of a methodology to determine the vulnerability indexes of buildings to

- earthquakes

- floods induced by the increase of sea level due to climate changes

- floods induced by the extreme sea waves


The first step is to collect data to determine the single-risk exposure of buildings and make single-hazard exposure maps.

The second step is the development of a methodology for assessment of multi-hazards exposure in coastal and urban areas.

For the multi-hazard analysis, the Spatial Multi-Criteria Analysis will be used, a technique considering different aspects to take the best decision.

Spatial Multi-Criteria Analysis is key to multi-hazard decision-making because it allows identification and comparison of different alternatives based on multiple objectives and criteria.

The methodologies developed within PMO-GATE project will be applied to the Croatian test site, particularly the area of Kaštel Kambelovac, at the north side of Kastela Bay.

The results of single and multi-risk analysis will be made available to the public through an interactive Web-map.

Maps of the spatial distribution of the critical zones most prone to coastal flood, extreme sea waves and seismic risk will be essential to preventing, managing and overcoming natural-hazard risks.

We made this short video to explain the FGAG activities:


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