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Abstract submission

To submit a talk or poster proposal, send your abstract by email before April 05, 2013, to Marty Zaleski (martyz@sfu.ca).

Abstracts addressing the scientific and policy issues of fighting mega-disasters will be given preference for presentation in the talk program. Abstracts discussing the broader aspects of mega-disasters are encouraged.

Talks will be 15 minutes with up to 10 minutes for discussion. The proceedings will be recorded, compiled and published.


7:45 Reception and registration
Poster set-up and viewing
8:30 Marty Zaleski
Welcoming Remarks and Program Introduction
8:40 Bert Struik
Saving the Last Rhino: lessons for disaster prevention
8:55 John Clague
The Inevitability and Consequences of Mega-Disasters in a Crowded World
9:45 Seiki Harada
2011 Japanese Mega-quake and Tsunami
10:10 Refreshment Break Poster viewing
10:40 Deborah Harford
Wrapping minds around climate change
11:05 Laurence Svirchev
Societal and Economic Implications of the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake
11:35 Marleen de Ruiter
Recovery Following Hurricane Katrina (cancelled due to illness)
12:00 Lunch Poster Viewing
1:00 pm Steve Taylor
Wildfires as Disasters — Progress and Challenges in Canada
1:25 Amy Romanas
Managing a mega-emergency from a community perspective
2:00 Bert Struik
Instructions for breakout discussions
2:10 pm Breakout discussions on Mega-disasters topics
3:00 pm Refreshment Break
3:20 pm Breakout wrap-up and preparations for plenary presentation
3:40 pm Breakout reports
4:30 pm Bert Struik, Marty Zaleski,
Feedback, evaluation, Closing remarks


Comparison of Loss Estimates for Greater Victoria, British Columbia, from Scenario Earthquakes using HAZUS; M.P. Zaleski and J.J. Clague

Consequences of Mega-disasters; L.C. Struik and N.J. Roberts

Landslide-generated tsunami geomorphology, Chehalis Lake, British Columbia; N.J. Roberts, R. McKillop, M.S. Lawrence, J.J. Clague.

Rare Events; L.C. Struik and J.J. Clague

Wildfire events; K. Brown

Breakout topics

  1. Mitigation of mega-events (including funding and implementation options)
  2. Recovery from rare catastrophic events
  3. Preparedness and emergency response for rare catastrophic events
  4. Roles and Responsibilities unattended
  5. Future study: knowledge gaps
  6. Global Interdependence issues (vulnerability)
  7. Priority setting: mega-disaster versus all else (eg. cost-benefit analysis) unattended