GEM is an international forum where organisations and people come together to develop, use and share tools and resources for transparent assessment of earthquake risk. Discover GEM, the people and organisations driving the GEM Foundation, and learn how you can use the data, resources and tools as input to improved understanding, assessment and management of risk.
'Working together to assess risk' is our motto. We do this through international scientific consortia developing global best practice, datasets and tools, as well as through regional partnerships in all continents, collaborative projects, open-source software development, rigorous testing and knowledge sharing.
Transparency, credibility and collaboration are core values of GEM. Sharing as much possible as early as possible is key to that. In this section you can explore the different types of resources available for you to use, to share with others, or to promote GEM with.
Join GEM. Only by putting our expertise and data together can we increase resilience to earthquakes. There are many ways you or your organisation can get involved, from becoming a participant in the effort to sharing your expertise and data.
Being at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai (Japan) would mean taking active part in the global debate on earthquake risk. Thousands of organizations and companies from around the world will attend the various sessions in programme, participate to workshops and contribute to the draft of the post-2015 framework.
The GEM Foundation is committed to playing a significant role in disaster risk reduction by developing and communicating earthquake hazard and risk information and making them freely available for the entire community. Specifically, GEM pledges to:
developing and applying science and technology to inform DRR;
collaboratively developing open-source tools and open-access data, methods and risk information that are transparent, reproducible and credible
working collaboratively through a public-private partnership, at global to local scales, to establish guidelines and standards and to develop capacity for understanding and reducing risks; and
leveraging common ground across institutions to create a framework for developing, sharing and disseminating risk information
A unique symposium on earthquake risk - “Powering Asian organisations with GEM’s OpenQuake tools - assessing earthquake risk collaboratively" - organized in joint cooperation with OYO, NIED and IRIDeS will be held on March 13 in the auditorium of the new base-isolated IRIDeS Building in Sendai (Japan).
Participants are invited to take part of the luncheon organized by the OYO corporation and to the following afternoon talks. Four presentations will be given, featuring examples of how public and private organisations are applying innovative tools and approaches to assess risk in Asia, and to recover from devastating earthquake events.
Learn more from the side box about the programme. Numbers are limited so please register here if you would like to participate.
The Booth #6-082
A dedicated GEM booth "New frontiers in earthquake risk assessment and management" will be set up at the Sendai Mediatheque from March 14- 18.
Attendees to the conference will have the chance to directly experience the open and freely available data, tools and resources for calculating and exploring earthquake risk. The OpenQuake platform will be there for testing and best cases from different part of the world will show how GEM resources have been applied so far for disaster risk reduction.
Partnering with GEM
Here below you can browse the "Partner with GEM" brochure and get a full understanding on how to partner with us and an overview of GEM products and of their use. Lear more from HERE.
Here you can download the GEM Foundation Statement for Sendai, where we describe our commitment to understanding risk and increasing resilience to earthquakes worldwide, in line with the post-2015 framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The field of earthquake science and engineering has matured enourmously in the past 100 years, but there remain large gaps in fundamental knowledge. GEM can effectively contribute to enable commitments to disaster risk reduction under the proposed HFA2 by providing communities and organizations with state-of-the-art tools and data, technology trasnfer and trainig and risk assessment projects.
14 march 12-2 pm: Speaking at the Youth Forum Session "Understanding Risk"
15 March 1-4 pm: Panelist on the session "Setting standard on Infrastructure, Strengthening Resilience through Building&Land-use regulation", organised by UNHABITAT in collaboration with UNESCO and GFDRR
15 March 1pm: Panelist at the Youth Forum Session "Open data and Tools for Resilience"
15 March 1-4pm: Panelist at "Global Disaster Risk Assessment and mapping" - STAG & BeiJing Normal University
15 March 12,30pm: IGNITE "Opening up the black box: assessing earthquake risk collaboratively across the globe"
16 and 17 March: 2 presentations at the G-EVER workshop