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Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene

Alger
Algeria

Outline

Located 15km outside of the capital Algiers, the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB) is a modern university that focuses Computing, Pure and Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geology, Civil Engineering, Electronics, Information Technology, Process Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. It has developed strong networks and undertaken many research collaborations with western universities, especially in France.


USTHB is home to the Built Environment Research Laboratory (LBE), founded in 2000. The LBE operates in the context of numerous national and international projects, with a specific research focus on Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics, Engineering Seismology, Building Materials, Disaster Management, Vulnerability Evaluation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage. The mission of the LBE unit is to conduct research on earthquake risk reduction, building the capacity of practitioners to address seismic risk and serve as a source of consult for the Algerian government and abroad. Currently, the LBE comprises four teams and incorporates 25 researchers (from within USTHB and outside), six with PhDs. The LBE is also active in lobbying for a greater focus on disaster risk reduction initiatives in the country and abroad.

Other activities of the unit include conducting several workshops on assessing seismic vulnerability in several African countries and research on state of risk reduction for UNICEF.

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Fenner School of Environment and Society
Australian National University

Canberra
Australia

Outline

There are few places in the world where economists, hydrologists, historians, ecologists, foresters, geographers and climatologists all work together seeking solutions to some of contemporary society's most significant challenges.

The Australian National University's Fenner School of Environment and Society is one such place and provides a forum for the rigorous exploration of diverse ideas, perspectives, and methods of identifying and solving problems at the interface of the natural and social sciences, including the humanities, as they apply to the environment and sustainability.


Fenner offers expert perspectives on complex environmental and sustainable development challenges, drawing on decades of quality empirical and applied research. Research focuses on understanding environmental changes across a range of scales in time and place, enabling the school to provide past, present and future narratives to guide science, policy and management. Of particular importance to us is our capacity to encourage sound policy and governance outcomes that support sustainability.

In the areas of natural disasters relevant to Australia and Australia's region of interest, our research has focused on floods, droughts, water scarcity, urban planning and wildfires and has focused on informing policy and practice. (see e.g. John Handmer, Stephen Dovers, Handbook of Disaster Policies and Institutions, Improving Emergency Management and Climate Change Adaptation, CSIRO Publishing 2013, Geoffrey Cary, David Lindenmayer, Stephen Dovers, Australia Burning, Fire Ecology, Policy and Management Issues, CSIRO Publishing, 2003.

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Centre for Disaster Studies
James Cook University

Townsville
Australia

Outline

The Centre for Disaster Studies is a multi-disciplinary research unit within the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University. The Centre has acted as the university's face to the public and the professionals in the Emergency Management and Meteorology fields, city councils and other researchers since its establishment in 1979. Members have extensive research expertise, field work experience and professional teaching capacity in community based disaster management (all hazards).


Academic research members have a strong foundation in the following research areas (both domestic and international):

- Integrated disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation

- Land use planning for disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change

- Building resilience in the built, natural and social environment

- Tourism crisis and disaster management

- Vulnerability and capacity assessment (community mapping for DRR and recovery)

- Social network analysis for disaster governance, risk reduction and resilience

- Post disaster assessment for response and recovery

- Sustainable development/redevelopment and livelihoods

Affiliate members of the Centre also conduct relevant research in the fields of engineering, public health, nursing, journalism/media, psychology, education, anthropology, human geography and the broader social sciences.

The Centre has extensive experience in the translation of research and science into effective policy recommendations and action.

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Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR)
School of Engineering, The University of Newcastle

Callaghan, NSW
Australia

Outline
The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) is at the international forefront in assessing the reliability, safety, durability and management of buildings, bridges, pipelines, aviation, and other infrastructure systems.

The pioneering research at CIPAR includes risk and reliability assessment, corrosion of infrastructure, and structural masonry.

The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability (CIPAR) comprises the following areas of international research strength:

  • Modelling of deterioration of steel, reinforced concrete structures,
  • Performance, durability and reliability of structural masonry,
  • Probabilistic terrorism risk assessment,
  • Structural response to explosive blast loading,
  • Security risk assessment and infrastructure protection,
  • Corrosion of cast iron bridge piers in marine environments,
  • Long-term corrosion of steel reinforcement in marine concrete structures
  • Energy performance of buildings and building materials,
  • Risk-based assessment of climate change adaptation strategies,
  • Influence of natural and man-made hazards on infrastructure risk and safety,
  • Risk-based decision-making,
  • Structural reliability and risk assessment of complex systems, and
  • Life-cycle and sustainability issues for new materials, buildings and infrastructure.
The Centre for Infrastructure Performance and Reliability comprises twelve academic and research staff. In the past five years CIPAR staff have published over 300 peer-reviewed research papers and obtained over $8 million in research funding from the Australian Research Council and industry. This places CIPAR at the forefront of international research in structural and reliability engineering.

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Sustainability Research Centre
University of the Sunshine Coast

Queensland
Australia

Outline
While USC was initially established as primarily a regional teaching university for undergraduates, it is now evolving into a targeted research university.
The recent appointment of Professor Roland De Marco as USC's first Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, underlined the university's commitment to supporting excellence in research. Three Research Centres now exist as focal points at USC: GeneCology Research Centre; Forest Industries Research Centre; and Sustainability Research Centre. Additionally, several other research clusters or themes have developed and new ones are emerging. Through these focal points, USC maintains research collaborations worldwide with a strong emphasis in the Asian-Pacific region. USC has recently enhanced its research profile through the recruitment of outstanding researchers and up-to-date infrastructure. The Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) was formalised as one of the University of the Sunshine Coast's flagship research concentrations in September 2007. In 2012 the SRC was also designated as a Tier 1 Research Centre, one of only three in the university. Within the past year, the SRC has made two critical research-based hires in geosciences (Professors Patrick Nunn and Roy C. Sidle) to increase its visibility and profile in biophysical sciences to complement the strong faculty counterpart in social sciences. The SRC has the capacity to attract top-level Honours students from various faculties and support post graduate students as well as Research Fellows. The SRC offer both undergraduate majors and minors in Sustainability and a Ph.D. by research in Sustainability. The core focus of the sustainability educational programs aligns with the social, behavioural, biophysical, and economic sciences. In addressing concerns of society and the environment, this important transdisciplinary research area offers a broad spectrum of opportunity.

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Queensland University of Technology

Brisbane
Australia

Outline

We are a team of academics who are actively engaged in research, teaching, and professional service across sub-disciplines of civil engineering.

We have strong connections to the community of practising civil engineers, as well as leadership roles within the international academic community.

Our researchers are involved in cutting-edge research programs, topics and projects across all of our sub-disciplines.


Our research has made significant contributions to QUT's Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ratings.

We received a 4 (above world standard) in environmental engineering, and a 3 (at world standard) for civil engineering.


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International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Laxenburg
Austria

Outline
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis is a scientific research institute located in Laxenburg, near Vienna, Austria.

Founded in 1972, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) conducts policy-oriented research into problems of a global nature that are too large or too complex to be solved by a single country or academic discipline.

IIASA is sponsored by its National Member Organizationsin Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Americas. Its research is independent and completely unconstrained by political or national self-interest.



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Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM)
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)

Dhaka
Bangladesh

Outline
Bangladesh is predominantly a floodplain country where water is key to socio-economic development and sustainability of the eco-system.
Flood, drought, cyclone, river erosion, siltation, and water scarcity in dry season have made water management a challenging task. The gradual degradation of the environment due to human interventions is adding further complexities to water management. To address these issues, the Institute of Flood Control and Drainage Research was established in 1974 and later renamed as the Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) in 2002. The Institute pursues research and capacity development in the field of water and flood. management that is vital for economic development and social prosperity of the country. The Institute also provides advisory and consultancy services to government and non-government organizations. Please see here for more about the institute.

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Department of Disaster Science and Management (DSM)
Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Dhaka

Dhaka
Bangladesh

Outline
According to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), 336 natural disasters and 234 technological disasters were reported worldwide in 2011 only. One trillion dollars have been lost in the last decade due to disasters and one million people killed. Disasters directly affect business performance and undermine longer-term competitiveness and sustainability........
The geographical location, land characteristics, multiplicity of rivers and the monsoon climate render Bangladesh highly vulnerable to natural hazards. The coastal morphology of Bangladesh influences the impact of natural hazards on the area. Particularly in the southwestern area, natural hazards increase the vulnerability of the coastal dwellers and slow down the social and economic development. Moreover, climate change and human induced hazards add a new dimension to community risk and vulnerability. Humanitarian implementation plan (2012) shows that Bangladesh loss about 6188 lives and have to suffer 550 $ million economic loss due to only natural disasters. Global Assessment Report (2011) published by UNISDR reveals that Bangladesh is in 1st and 6th position in terms of vulnerability of flood and cyclone respectively. Recently GERMANWATCH shows that Bangladesh is in 2nd position in Climate Change Vulnerability Index. So it has no denying that our motherland is in a great risk of disasters. As of late, the world is giving more emphasize on disaster risk reduction through strengthening preparedness and mitigation measures over response and recovery activities. This is known as paradigm shift. There exists a saying if we spend 1$ for disaster risk reduction we can save 10 $ equivalent cost in during and post disaster situation. So Bangladesh is also giving more concentration to make the nation resilient through disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development.
Bangladesh is world renowned for disaster management. Its main reason is the development of capacities among people through living with disasters over years and already developed indigenous knowledge. But if we can integrate science based knowledge with existing endowed knowledge the comprehensive disaster management system will be more effective and fruitful. To fulfill this goal, Dhaka University, the highest echelon of academic excellence in Bangladesh, established a new department named Disaster Science and Management (DSM) under the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences in 2012. The main objective of this department is to represent it worldwide as a research hub in the field of both hazard science and disaster management.

Newly established DSM maintains a vibrant academic environment encompassing a rich library with good collections and two laboratories. All the computers are installed by licensed ArcGIS and Erdas Imagine software in Geo-Information Lab. This lab has the facilities of interpretation of aerial photos and some multihazard risk assessment software as well. The Geophysical and Geo-technical Hazard Risk Assessment Labs are equipped with most efficient equipment like PS logging, 48-channel Seismometer, Microtremor Instruments, Consolidation (Oedometer), Direct Shear Test instrument, Total Station etc. While all teachers and students can use the broadband and Wi Fi Internet facilities, the department uses Multimedia Projector in the classrooms and in laboratorie



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Federal University of Campina Grande

Campina Grande
Brazil

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The Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) is located in the State of Paraíba, in the north-eastern region of Brazil. UFCG is a multi-campi university, with campuses in 7 cities of the state, with 11 academic centres, 1,481 faculty members, 1,420 staff members, 19,000 undergraduate students, 1,800 graduated students and 250 research groups in many different fields of expertise: Agrarian Sciences; Biological Sciences; Health Sciences; Exact Sciences and Earth; Humanities; Social Sciences; Engineering; Literature and Arts.

The university´s research focuses on studies and research on environmental disasters in a broad sense, spanning several areas. This is partly motivated by the institution's location in the semiarid region of Brazil, high populated and socially and economically vulnerable to environmental hazards, such as droughts, desertification, land degradation, flash floods, health vulnerability, leading to social inequality.

Research challenges addressed by our research groups are strongly related to, among other topics, water availability, pollution, access and management, epidemics of dengue, Zika virus and Chikungunya, resilient agroecology and family-based agriculture, climate variability and change, waste management, regional sustainability, disaster monitoring in rural and urban environments, risk communication, land cover and change, desertification.


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University of National and World Economy

Sofia
Bulgaria

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The University of National and World Economy can be seen in the future as a leader among the higher educational institutions in Southeastern Europe that educate students and conduct researches in the field of economics, management and administration, law and politics. The University of National and World Economy is responsible for sustaining and developing highly educated academic body of prominent, nationally and internationally acknowledged professors and scientists. The University of National and World Economy is called to strengthen and develop its positions as a kind of undisputed, respected and valuable territory of the national and European educational and research space.

The effects of natural disasters are very serious and the destruction caused may take a very long time to recover. Related damage is severe and it may cause relief expenses of billions of Euros. With the increase of natural disasters that have occurred in the past years, it is expected their frequency will continue to increase in the coming years.

At present, at global and national levels, a wide range of multiple scientific and scientific-applied research activity in the area of disaster risk reduction concerning individual types of disasters is conducted. Modern information and communication technologies can facilitate significantly the decision-making processes from the point of view of disaster risk reduction.

Due to disaster risk reductions multidisciplinary nature, people from various backgrounds, such as industry, diverse geographical and global settings, not-for-profit organization backgrounds, agriculture, marine life, welfare, risk management, safety engineering and social networking services will be included.

The Science Research Center for Disaster Risk Reduction at the University of National and World Economy actively works in this important area and tries to share its results with world-famous professional organizations.



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The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), Western University

Ontario
Canada

Outline
While USC was initially established as primarily a regional teaching university for undergraduates, it is now evolving into a targeted research university.
The recent appointment of Professor Roland De Marco as USC's first Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research, underlined the university's commitment to supporting excellence in research. Three Research Centres now exist as focal points at USC: GeneCology Research Centre; Forest Industries Research Centre; and Sustainability Research Centre. Additionally, several other research clusters or themes have developed and new ones are emerging. Through these focal points, USC maintains research collaborations worldwide with a strong emphasis in the Asian-Pacific region. USC has recently enhanced its research profile through the recruitment of outstanding researchers and up-to-date infrastructure. The Sustainability Research Centre (SRC) was formalised as one of the University of the Sunshine Coast's flagship research concentrations in September 2007. In 2012 the SRC was also designated as a Tier 1 Research Centre, one of only three in the university. Within the past year, the SRC has made two critical research-based hires in geosciences (Professors Patrick Nunn and Roy C. Sidle) to increase its visibility and profile in biophysical sciences to complement the strong faculty counterpart in social sciences. The SRC has the capacity to attract top-level Honours students from various faculties and support post graduate students as well as Research Fellows. The SRC offer both undergraduate majors and minors in Sustainability and a Ph.D. by research in Sustainability. The core focus of the sustainability educational programs aligns with the social, behavioural, biophysical, and economic sciences. In addressing concerns of society and the environment, this important transdisciplinary research area offers a broad spectrum of opportunity.

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Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEP)
Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT)

Beijing
P. R. China

Outline
The Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research, Beijing Institute of Technology, was founded in 2009. The current director of CEEP-BIT, Prof. Yi-Ming Wei, established a CAS-CNPC Joint Center for Energy and Environmental Policy in 2006, and held the founding director..

The core research team then joined BIT and kept on contributing to research, education and international communication in the fields of energy and environmental policy.According to the statistical analysis from RePEc in June,2015,CEEP-BIT ranks 45, top 10% institutions in the field of Environmental Economics at IDEAS(http://ideas.repec.org/top/top.env.html), and ranks 52,top 10% institutions in the field of Energy Economics at IDEAS (http://ideas.repec.org/top/top.ene.html).

CEEP-BIT conducts researches on energy economics, climate policy and environmental management armed with qualitative and quantitative tools, aiming to provide scientific basis for public and private decisions in strategy planning and management that needed to cope with China's increasing demand for energy as well as the challenges of adapting to and mitigating climate change. CEEP also serves as a professional education center and a platform for international exchange in the area of energy and environmental policy research.

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Integrated Risk Governance Project (IRG-Project)
State Key Lab of Earth Surface Processes and
Resource Ecology (ESPRE), Beijing Normal University

Beijing
P. R. China

Outline
The State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology (Beijing Normal University) is an applied geology and ecology research laboratory.

The State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology of BNU focuses on studying the semi-arid grassland and the transitional zone between the pastoral and agricultural areas in northern China and the coastal areas. It deems sustainable ecosystem management and restoration of degraded ecosystems as the overall target while it strives to advance resource ecology research and dynamic modeling of ecosystems at multiple scales. The Laboratory conducts experiments and studies by integrating multiple disciplines to explore the geographical processes and the rational use of renewable natural resources. To date, it has established four major research themes including earth surface processes, resource ecology, earth surface system modeling and simulation, and sustainable regional development modeling. The goal is to provide technical support for the prevention and control of land degradation and restoration of degraded ecosystems in ecologically fragile regions. The objective also is to build the Laboratory into a research center and education base that specializes in earth surface processes and resource ecology, with important international influence and status. The Laboratory is headed by Professor Peijun Shi. The Director of the Academic Committee is Academician Zhisheng An.


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School of Environmental Science and Engineering
Chang'an University

Beijing
P. R. China

Outline
Directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China, Chang'an University is one of the State "211 Project" key development universities jointly run by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Land Resources, Ministry of Housing and Urban Rural Construction and Shaanxi Provincial Government. It is concurrently one of the key development universities on the State "985" Project advantage discipline innovation platform. The university was officially established in the year 2000 by merging the former Xi'an Highway University, Xi'an Engineering Institute and Northwest Institute of Construction Engineering, which were founded in the early 1950s.

The School of Environmental Science and Engineering (SESE) of Chang'an University offers the first level two doctoral degrees in water conservancy and environmental science and engineering. SESE also hosts a number of key laboratories, including the laboratory for subsurface hydrology and ecological effects in arid regions for the Ministry of Education, the Open Research Laboratory of Water Resources and Land in Arid and Semi-arid Areas for the Ministry of Land and Resources, the Chang'an University sub-center of urban environment and sustainable development and the laboratory center of water, environmental, chemical and bioengineering for the Ministry of Education. The SESE currently has 122 staff, including 26 professors, one academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and five Distinguished Professors of the "Hundred Talents Program" in Shaanxi Province. SESE College also has a Changjiang scholar innovation team attached to the Ministry of Education's program of "arid groundwater resources development and utilization and water environment protection".

The SESE has undertaken more than 100 research projects including the "973" and "863" projects, Chinese Natural Science Foundation project, projects provided by the Ministries of Science and Technology, Education, Communications, Land and Resources, Construction and the China Geological Survey. Annual research funding is about 30 million RMB. The SESE has produced a wealth of scientific research, with more than 50 national, provincial and ministerial scientific and technological awards, including the first and the third prize for national scientific and technological progress. SESE outputs include publication of more than 60 academic books and 500 academic papers of which many papers have been published by SCI, EI and ISTP database.

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Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Chengdu
P.R. China

Outline

Established in 1966, Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Water Conservancy (IMHE) was listed in the Pilot Project of Knowledge Innovation Program (PPKIP) of CAS in April 2002 and entered the 3rd Project in 2006.


Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu, is a state non-profit academic institution, major in the following subjects: Formation and mitigation of mountain hazards; Degradation and reconstruction of mountain environment; and Evaluation.

Since its foundation, IMHE has undertaken and completed more than 1000 items of national and local scientific research projects, solved a series of key problems in economical construction and social development, and made outstanding contributions to the mitigation of mountain hazards, recovery of vulnerable eco-environment, as well as sustainable development of mountainous areas. So far, IMHE has obtained more than 120 awards, published nearly one hundred monographs and over 2800 pieces of scientific papers. In addition, more than twenty technique reports have been adopted by the central government of PRC to help decision-making. The state leadership, including the Premier Wen Jiabao, Zeng Peiyan, Huang Ju, has issued important instructions on 16 of these reports.

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Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Beijing
P.R. China

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The Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research (ITP) was founded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2003.

ITP aims to better understand the uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and its climate and environmental changes, as well as enhance sustainable development in the region.


ITP has three campuses in Lhasa, Beijing and Kunming, respectively. It also operates the Tibetan Observation and Research Platform (TORP), which comprises five field stations on the Tibetan Plateau. They are: the Namco Monitoring and Research Station for Multispheric Interactions; the Southeast Tibet Observation and Research Station for the Alpine Environment; the Qomolangma Atmospheric and Environmental Observation and Research Station; the Muztagh Ata Westerly Observation and Research Station; and the Ngari Desert Observation and Research Station. These facilities make long-term, continuous observations of geophysical, atmospheric and tectonic phenomena to understand land surface processes and environmental changes on the Tibetan Plateau. In addition, ITP has a field network to monitor persistent organic pollutants, one to study stable isotopes in precipitation, and a seismic network to study the deep structure of the Earth and seismicity across the Tibetan Plateau.



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Beijing National Earth Observatory, Institute of Geophysics
China Earthquake Administration (CEA)

Beijing
P. R. China

Outline
Beijing National Earth Observatory (NEOBJI) is managed by the Institute of Geophysics (IGP), China Earthquake Administration (CEA), which is an important field arm of IGP and having held a leading role in earthquake and multi-disciplinary geophysical observation in China for many years.

NEOBJI has a long glorious history.

YEAR_1930. The first seismic station in mainland China, which was installed by Chinese seismologists in 1930. After the Wiechert seismograph and Galitzin-Willip seismograph were deployed, the first seismograph was recorded on Sept.30, 1930.

YEAR_1930 to YEAR_1937. 2427 earthquakes were recorded. Bulletins and observation reports were published monthly and the data were exchanged with seismological agencies all over the world, which makes NEOBJT as a landmark of the modern seismological observation in China.

YEAR_1957. Renamed as Beijing Observatory, and obtained earthquake waveform data since June.1, 1957, with the installed 513-type mid-strong seismometer. The geomagnetism records was first obtained in 1957.

YEAR_1982. A 202m-depth cave for geophysical observation was completed with total inner length of 317.5m.

Year_1982 to Year_2010. Seismometers, a gravimeter, and tilt-meters were installed in the cave, while geo-magnetometers and instruments for water level were installed in the yard and down in boreholes.

YEAR_1984. Be awarded the "International Earth Observation Centenary" Silver Medal by IAGA in recognition of the outstanding contribution in Geomagnetic Observation.

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State Key Laboratory of Geo-hazards Prevention and
Geo-environment Protection(SKLGP)
Chengdu University of Technology

Cheng Du of Sichuan Province
P. R. China

Outline
The State Key Laboratory of Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP) is located in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, Southwest China. With dozens of years of history, in 1989 it was approved as a state professional laboratory by the State Development Planning Commission and the State Education Commission, established for the state key discipline "Geological Engineering" in Chengdu University of Technology (originally Chengdu College of Geology).

It was recognized as the Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province by the local government in 2001. And one year later, it was developed as the State Key Laboratory Base, which was under the joint construction of Ministry of Science and Technology and Sichuan Province. In 2003, it became Key Laboratory of the Ministry of Land and Resources. Upgraded to a State Key Laboratory by the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2007, SKLGP now is an exclusive laboratory in the field of geohazard prevention in China. The present director of SKLGP academic committee is Academician Wang Sijing from Chinese Academy of Engineering, and Professor Huang Runqiu is in charge of the laboratory.

Targeted at the applied basic research of geohazard prevention and geoenvironment protection, SKLGP provides theories and technologies for natural disaster prevention and the state major projects. With its orientation, SKLGP integrates the generation background, forming mechanism, early identification, monitoring and early warning of serious geological disasters, which are either induced by nature or human activities, as well as the theories and methods of project management, forming a first-tier research centre, which combines applied basic research, the development and promotion of advanced technologies, the education of talents with international communication and cooperation, in a comprehensive way to support the national objective of geohazard prevention and geoenvironment protection theoretically and technologically.

With 60 years of state key discipline "geological engineering" development in Chengdu University of Technology, four research directions have been established in SKLGP under the combination of discipline frontier and key problems. They are: 1) serious geohazard assessment and prevention, 2) crossfeed action between human activities and geoenvironment and disaster control, 3) regional geoenvironment evaluation and protection, 4) geohazard monitoring and early warning and geoinformation systems.

In recent ten years, SKLGP has conducted nearly 1200 national and provincial research projects, solving series of theoretical and technological obstacles in geohazard prevention and major state projects. The research subjects involves geoenvironment protection and geohazard prevention, water resources and hydropower development, highway, railway, civil aviation airport construction, urban subway and development of high-rise building, etc. Through the implementation of the research projects, excellent results have been achieved: 3 first prizes and 2 second prizes of National Science and Technology Progress Award, 1 prize of China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award, 1 prize of Gold Medal of National Patent Achievement. And over 60 projects were awarded at ministerial or provincial level. More than 50 monographs and text books and over 3000 papers have been published in home and abroad. The total economic benefits of the projects have reached billions of yuan.


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Key Laboratory of Coastal Disaster and Defence (KLCDD), Hohai University

Nanjing
P. R.China

Outline
The Key Laboratory of Coastal Disaster and Defence (KLCDD) at Hohai University was founded by Ministry of Education, China in 2005, and consequently passed the government assessment in 2008.

The laboratory operates on the policy that the director takes the full responsibility of administration under the supervision of academic committee, and it heavily relies on broader national and international collaborations for cross-disciplinary integrations. The main objective of the KLCDD is to explore and develop new ideas, new approaches and new technologies for making the coastal environments more resilient to the impacts of natural hazards and human induced threats.

The research activities in the KLCDD are mainly related to coastal disaster and defence, including the mechanisms of generation and development, prediction methods and warning systems, reduction and protection technologies, and evaluation and management of coastal disaster. The laboratory has particular interests in the areas of sea level rise and its impact, formation and propagation of storm surge and tsunami, saltwater intrusion in estuary, warning technology of storm surge, coastal dynamics of disaster process and its induced sediment transport, prediction of change of environmental factors in coast and estuary, design criteria of protection engineering, innovative technologies for protection engineering, damage assessment and recovery measures of protection engineering, the impact evaluation of coastal disaster on ecological environment and social economy and countermeasures


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