BGR Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe

Engineering Geological Hazard Assessment

Population growth and dense population concentration, growing accumulation of assets in urban areas, the increase of infrastructural vulnerability, the overexploitation of natural resources and the effects of climate change are causing a steadily swelling susceptibility to natural threats at local, regional and global level. This includes both geological hazards like earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions, land subsidence or sinkholes and hydro-meteorological hazards such as hurricanes, floods, droughts and heat waves.

According to that fact, the civil society, political decision makers and, not least, the scientific community are faced with the task to assess and to evaluate the potential risks as the combination of occurrence probability of any hazard and its negative consequences. This is irrespective whether a national or trans-national natural disaster or a local damaging event is considered.

This approach is crucial in order to implement tailored risk management strategies taking into account structural (e.g. earthquake-resistant construction) and/or non-structural mitigation and prevention measures (e.g. risk-sensitive spatial planning) as a part of general public service.

Within the scope of technical cooperation and according to its general knowledge-based advisory assignment, the BGR currently pursues following focal points in the fields of Disaster Risk Management/Engineering-Geological Hazard Assessment: 

In the topic area of engineering-geological hazard assessment following project contributions are provided:

Contact 1:

Dr. Dirk Balzer
Phone: +49 (0)511-643-2742
Fax: +49 (0)511-643-532742

Contact 2:

Dr. Dirk Kuhn
Phone: +49-(0)511-643-2691
Fax: +49-(0)511-643-3694

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