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Cities: Taking a global view

This was the first meeting in the series and we started to explore new ways to bring together data sets from different sources and to build models to assess risk and resilience in cities and formulate responses.

Our first witness was Professor James Jackson, Professor of Geophysics, Geodynamics and Tectonics and Head of the Department Earth Sciences.  He joined Dr Elisabete Silva, a Senior Lecturer in Planning in the Department of Land Economy, and Professor Danny Ralph, Professor of Operations Research and Academic Director of the Centre for Risk Studies (CRS) in the Judge Business School.

Using a new metric, ‘GDP @Risk’, the ‘Catastronomics’ techniques developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge reveal that major threats to the world’s most important cities could reduce economic output by some $4.56 trillion over the next decade as a result of natural or man-made catastrophes.

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