In late 2011, CEDIM embarked on a new style of disaster research known as Forensic Disaster Analysis. In the new research program CEDIM Forensic Disaster Analysis (CEDIM FDA) CEDIM researchers will analyse disasters and their impact in near real-time. The core of CEDIM’s new style of analysis is to examine disasters in an interdisciplinary manner with a focus on the complex interactions between (1) the natural hazard, (2) the technical installations, facilities, and infrastructures, and (3) the societal structures, institutions and capacities.
In the years before, CEDIM’s research activities were devoted to several projects and research groups. Between 2003 and 2008 the focus of CEDIM research was on three pojects: Riskmap Germany, Megacity Instanbul, and Modelling of extreme flooding events. The main goal in the first CEDIM project, the Riskmap Germany, was to conduct an area-wide quantification of natural hazards and man-made hazards in Germany risks. For each community, the natural hazard that is likely to cause the highest damage was identified. The Megacity Istanbul project was an interdisciplinary project to analyze the consequences of earthquakes in rapidly growing metropolitan areas. The aim of the research project modeling extreme flood events was the development of a modeling system to quantify risks of extreme flooding in large river basins. In the system, computer models and modules are coupled together to simulate the functional chain: hydrology – hydraulics – polder diversion – dyke failure – flooding – damage estimate – risk assessment.
In 2007 the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK) joined CEDIM. This expertise of the FZK in the field of climate research allowed CEDIM to launch a new research project flood hazard in a changing climate. For three representative river catchments of Germany, flood hazards as a result of the changing climate are being analyzed. This joint research project flood hazard in a changing climate was part of the research group Natural Risk in a Changing Climate. In addition, the research will investigate the impact of a changing climate on hail hazard and hail risk. Furthermore, scientists develop an indicator model for the assessment of indirect risk in a changing climate. The CEDIM research group modeling of global risk contributes to the international research project Global Earthquake Model (GEM). In the field of earthquake risk modeling, scientist work on the quantification of risk due to earthquakes in Germany, the assessment of exposure using remote sensing technology. The geographical focus is on Germany, Central Asia and India. The third research field in CEDIM focuses on critical infrastructures. The aim is to develop a decision support tool for critical infrastructure in the project KRITIS. This is being done in partnership with Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (Fraunhofer IOSB) as a new key partner to CEDIM in this field.