S14 - Volcanic risk management in inhabited areas
In recent years a growing attention to inhabited areas exposed to volcanic risk has developed. Increasing knowledge on hazard, exposure and vulnerability is the first important step in defining possible risk scenarios on which to base the analysis and management of the risk itself.
This growing attention determines an ever greater and synergistic relationship between scientific activity and governance needs, especially concerning the management of volcanic risk it is very important that the interactions between scientists and decision makers begin long before the occurrence of a volcanic event, so that the "emergency management machine" will arrive prepared and trained.
This session aims to highlight the latest cognitive tools on risk scenarios and alert levels aimed at a better definition of volcanic risk in inhabited areas.
Another essential aspect is to guarantee, always and in any case, the trust between the scientific world and governance, on the one hand, and the population, on the other, in order to pursue the ultimate goal of managing risk adequately.
The fundamental link between the proposed session and volcanic risk management is the close social relationship with the inputs that the scientific community transfers to governance, which will be most effective if the needs of decision makers are well identified in advance.
To find a correct governance language based on scientific data allows to get more effectively manage actions for risk mitigation towards communities living within an inhabited volcanic area.