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Irma, Harvey & Co – Die Wetterkatastrophen und der Klimawandel

CEDIM-Mitarbeiter im Gespräch mit dem Forschungspodcast des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie:

CEDIM hail projekt is one of the Willis Tower Watson flagship projects


Massive earthquake at the Iran-Iraq border

First loss estimation...


CEDIM FDA "Hurricane Irma" Report No. 2

Report No.2, last update: 9. October 2017,


192 Billion US-Dollar Damage caused by Storms in 2017

The current "figure of the week" at the BMBF comes from CEDIM:


CEDIM Short Report "Excessive Indian Monsoon"

Report No. 1, last update: 6.9.2017


CEDIM FDA "Hurricane Irma"

Report No.1, Last update: 8. September 2017, 11 Uhr


Harvey Quelle: GOES NASA
CEDIM FDA "Hurricane Harvey"

Report No.1, last update: 30. August 2017, 18:00


CEDIM's Research Report 2015/2016 has been published

Link to the report.

CEDIM presents itself on the open day at KIT

Within the science festival „Effekte 2017“, Campus Nord of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) opens its gates due to an open day.

To the report and pictures.

Heavy Rain Berlin (29.06.2017)

In the end of June, depression "Rasmund III" caused convective strengthened rainfalls in the northeast of Germany. In Berlin-Tegel, as an example, 200 mm of rain accumulated within 24 hours.

Read more (german):

CEDIM Coworker Andreas Schäfer wins Science Slam

At Science Slam im Wissenschaftsjahr 2016/17 in Mainz, CEDIM tsunami expert Andreas Schäfer could win his first science slam! For more information click here. In september he is going to compete at the german final in Berlin. Forthcoming slams:

14.6. in Rüsselsheim (Hessentage)
15.6. in München (Münchner Sciene Slam)

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Open Day at KIT

CEDIM is part of the open day at Campus Nord in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen on 24th of June 2017.
For more informationen click here.

Apply as a student assistant!

As of now the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) and the Geophysical Institute are searching for a 
student assistant.

James Daniell & WineRisk Team/KIT in Science News

go to the article

Global Risk Index for Wine Regions

Study led by Dr. James Daniell (GPI & CEDIM) examines the impact of natural disasters and climate change on viniculture.

to the press information

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Visualizations of current natural disasters by our CEDIM colleague Dipl.-Ing. M.Sc. Andreas Schäfer.

Check out the Youtube channel and the Facebook page!

Strum Egon
Storm Egon

Analyses of winterstorm Egon in western and central Europe.
To the report (in German)

Image source: DWD
Image source: https://metoc.ndbc.noaa.gov/JTWC/
Super Typhoon Haima

Warning of the tropical cyclone Haima / Lawin for the Philippines and China.

Image source: JTWC
Further Information
On-site UPDATES on Hurricane "Matthew"

Updated and extended report as PDF

German summary available on ESKP

Earthquake near Amatrice, Central Italy

to the short report

Hochwasser/Überschwemmungen Süddeutschland Mai/Juni 2016
High water/flooding in southern Germany May/June 2016

report as PDF (German or English)

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CEDIM Follow-Up Investigation on the Nepal Earthquake

to the article

Schwäbisch Hall
Devastation caused by floods and landslides in the southern part of Germany (especially: region Schwäbisch Hall)

Information and Summary

to the article

Devastating forest fires developed around Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada

Information and summary


James Daniell
We congratulate Dr. James Daniell on winning the KIT Doctoral Award 2015

With the KIT Doctoral Award KIT acknowledges outstanding doctoral researchers.

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Natural Disasters since 1900: Over 8 Million Deaths and 7 Trillion US Dollars damage

The CATDAT database contains socioeconomic loss and metrics from natural disasters globally: Floods have caused the highest damage, earthquakes and storms show an increasing role in recent times – Studies help catastrophe management.

To the report

Block course „Insuring Catastrophe Risk“ of Dr. Gero Michel at the Geophysical Institute Wintersemester 2015/2016

Further information concerning the block course and to sign up over ILIAS here.

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CEDIM report on extreme rain events in Central Europe, 19th to 21st November 2015

Within the time of 19th to 21st November 2015 several severe extreme rain events took place in Central Europe. The waterlevel of several rivers increased significantly and secondary storm damages were observed.

To the report

M=6,7 earthquake in Lefkada, Greece on November 17th 2015

An earthquake with an intermediate strength of Mw=6,7 took place on November 17th 2015 in Greece, Lefkada at 07:10 UTC.

To the report

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Earthquake Chile Mw 8.3, 16 September 2015

CEDIM situation report on earthquake and tsunami


Nepal shelter
Field mission of CEDIM researchers after earthquake in Nepal

Focus on shelter decisions

Go to the report...

CEDIM is partner in the new German IRDR International Center of Excellence

IRDR ICoE Critical Infrastructures and Strategic Planning

More: http://www.irdrinternational.org/2015/06/12/irdr-welcomes-new-icoe-germany/

IRDR Centers of Excellence: http://www.irdrinternational.org/about/structure/icoes/

M=7.76 earthquake in Nepal, Kathmandu on April 25th 2015, 06:11 UTC

A severe earthquake occurred in Nepal, Kathmandu on April 25th 2015, 06:11 UTC, with a Magnitude of 7,76. More than 8000 fatalities are expected.

CEDIM Report 3

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EMI Report
Guidebook for measuring of urban risk resilience

Final release of the EMI report with contributions of the CEDIM team. The report was published and presented on 14-18 March 2015 at the third WCDRR.

More information...


Willis Research Network Seminar, London

Exploring European Extremes: An Afternoon with Willis

CEDIM contribution with the "European Hail Model"

13th May 2015, Willis Auditorium, London

More information...
The potential of crowdsourcing for disaster risk management

In Munich Re’s recent publication, TOPICs GEO Natural Disasters 2014, CEDIM-scientist Stefan Hinz explains the role of crowdsourcing in CEDIM’s Near-real-time Forensic Disaster Analysis and talks about “looking for a needle in a haystack”.

Link to the Munich Re publication

CEDIM project OSMREX between GFZ in Potsdam and ICES in Geneva applying for the 2015 UNISDR Risk Award

The collaborative CEDIM project OSMREX between GFZ in Potsdam and ICES (International Centre for Earth Simulation) in Geneva ranked within the 20 top applicants for the 2015 UNISDR Risk Award.

More information...

Results of the joint project "Investigations on the Overcoming of the 2013 Flood"

Presentation of the results of the joint project "Investigations on the Overcoming of the 2013 Flood", Federal Ministry of Research and Education at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science on February 19th, 2015

More information...

CEDIM-Session: Forensic Disaster Analyses – Learning from Disasters at the EGU 2015

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Vienna | Austria | 12 – 17 April 2015

More Information
Typhoon Hagupit
Typhoon "Hagupit", December 06-09 2014

CEDIM report No 1, December 09, 12:00 GMT


Summary on High Impact Weather November 2014 in the Mediterranean and the Alps

During the first 18 days of November strong low pressure system repeatedly were responsible for enormous rain amounts in southern France, southern Switzerland, Italy, and around the western and central Mediterrenean Sea.
The rain caused landslides, flooding, transport interruption and more than 10 deaths.

CEDIM report

New World Bank Report with contributions by CEDIM researcher online

Software Packages Available to Quantify Risk from Natural Hazards link

to report
Satellite image Rammasun
Typhoon "Rammasun", July 15-18 2014

CEDIM report No 1, July 18, 12:00 GMT: update July 30 2014 now online


ASEM Initiative: „Post-Haiyan - A Way Forward”

CEDIM has been invited to participate in the ASEM Manila Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in June in Manila, Philippines

More infos
"Earth and Environment“ – Earth System Knowledge Platform (ESKP) online

Current research results and consolidated background knowledge, amongst other things also on natural hazards, provided by eight Helmholtz centres. Also CEDIM's results are being presented here.

ESKP website
Our Climate – Our Future

REKLIM International conference, one day for the general public
October 6-9, 2014, Berlin

Further information
Iquique Earthquake, Chile; 1.4.2014

Impact Summary No. 2; Status: 03.04.2014, 11:00 pm

Invitation for the 5th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and 1st National Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology; 19.-20.06.2014, Bucharest, Rumania

For more information, please click here.

Forensic Disaster Analysis Session at EGU organized by CEDIM

 European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2014
Vienna | Austria | 27 April – 02 May 2014
Forensic Disaster Analyses – Learning from Disasters

Winterstorm 'Xaver', Northern Central Europe, North Sea, South Scandinavia, Baltic Sea; 05.12.2013

Report 1, Status: 06.12.2013 07:00pm 

alpS meets CEDIM

First meeting for scientific exchange between CEDIM and alpS, November 18th 2013 at alpS-Centre, Innsbruck, Austria.

Fund-raiser at KIT for the reconstruction of the University of Tacloban

Tuesday, November 19th at 07.30pm at KIT-Campus South, with talks about the development of typhoons and loss assessment.

press information 144/2013 (german)
CEDIM Session at EGU 2014

Call for papers – "NH9.2 - Forensic Disaster Analyses – Learning from Disasters" at the EGU General Assembly 2014 from 27 April – 02 May 2014. Online abstract submission is possible via the following link until the 16 January 2014

EGU homepage
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June Flood 2013, Central Europe

FDA: Report 2, Status:         20 June 2013, 10:00am

to the analysis
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June Flood 2013 – Report 1 & 2

The reports about the June Flood 2013 are now available in english.
Report 1
Report 2

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June Flood 2013 - Report 1 Update 2

Focus on Precondition, Meteorology, Hydrology; Status: 20. June 2013, 10:00 o'clock (Report)

to the analysis
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CEDIM Vacancy - Job Announcement

PostDoc Position in Forensic Disaster Analysis

Effekte 2013
CEDIM at the Sciencefestival „Effekte“ in Karlsruhe at 22./23. June 2013


June Flood 2013 - Interview

CEDIM staff member Prof. Bruno Merz (Helmholtz Centre Potsdam GFZ German Research Centre For Geoscience, Sec. 5.4) in an interview with the German news channel N24 (Berlin, 5. June 2013)

to the interview (german)
Fischbeck flut
June Flood 2013 - Report 2

Focus: Flood Impacts and Resilience, Status: 11. June 2013 16 o'clock
(Report 2)

to the analysis
Hochwasser Passau
June Flood 2013, Central Europe – CEDIM Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA)

Update – First Report
Focus Germany, Status: 08. June 2013, 18:00 o'clock (report

to the anlysis
Information about heavy rain / flood in Central Europe and northern subalpine region

Intensive rainfalls causes floods and landslides in southeast Germany, as well as in parts of Switzerland, Austria and Czech Republic.

Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung (german)
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CEDIM Forensic Disaster Analysis (FDA) – June Flood 2013, Central Europe

First report – focus on Germany, status 03. June 2013, 16 o'clock
pdf (german)

to the analysis
EF5-Tornado Moore
Heavy thunderstorms with tornados over the Great Plains and Mid-West of the USA

Badly affected was Oklahoma, where an EF5-Tornado struck Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung (german)
Warning: Heavy Rain from 30.05 - 02.06.2013 in Central Europe

There is a risk of floods and landslides, particularly in the northern subalpine region (Lake Constance to Salzburg and Upper Austria).

Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung (german)
Phreatic explosion at Mayon volcano, Philippines, 6 May 2013

CEDIM consequently recommends to internationalize the alert levels and introduce standard definitions applicable globally.

more information
Interview: Iran is a high risk region for earthquakes

CEDIM member and section leader of the GFZ Prof. Dr. Frederik Tilmann (Section 2.4 - Seismology) gave an interview about the earthquake in the Iran/Pakistan border area.

to the interview (german)
Iran earthquake Tweets per location
Test run: Crowd Sourcing

Reactions on Twitter about the Iran/Pakistan (Mw 7.8) earthquake.

more information
Environmental Disaster Management Vorlesung

CEDIM members contribute to Master Study Program "Environmental Resources-Engineering" at KIT

more information
Risiko und Risikomanagement
Risk and Disaster Management

CEDIM is involved in new online research profile of KIT

Zugbahn Hurrican "Sandy" 30-10-2012
CEDIM analyzes Hurricane "Sandy" and its impact

in a series of reports
update: report No 2 (8 Nov) now online

go to the reports
Emblem Scales, Source: Wikimedia commons
CEDIM concerned by sentencing of scientists

in connection with the L’Aquila earthquake of 6 April 2009

read more
Freezing rain in Southwest Germany

An analysis of the freezing rain weekend from the 19 - 21.01 can be found at Wettergefahren-Frühwarnung.

go to the report (only german)
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ISCRAM 2013 - call for papers

we invite contributions to the conference tracks "integrated understanding of disasters" and "decision support"  

more about the tracks and about ISCRAM 2013
Satellitenbild Hurrican "Sandy" 28-10-2012
Hurricane 18L "Sandy", US East Coast

detailed information on the evolution of the Hurricane is available on the German webpage

extreme drought and record heat in the US, spring and summer 2012

CEDIM researchers analyze the evolution of the drought and its impacts in a number of reports.

go to the reports
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CEDIM has moved

since 1st July 2012 CEDIM's head office is located at the GFZ.

new address
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First WRN-Fellow at CEDIM

boosts research activities in hail risk. 

Project HARIS-CC
earthquake damage in Cavezzo, Italiy
Ferrara Earthquake Sequence 20.5.2012 – 29.5.2012, Italy

CEDIM researchers summarize and report main aspects of the sequence.

go to the report
Seminar "Systemic Risks"

Lecture Seminar by GPI, ITAS and ZAK / Studium Generale
Summer Semester 2012

Further information (German)
Flood hazards and climate change

New CEDIM Research Report published on January 19th 2012.
Press release

go to the report
Tmax-Temp.-Abw. am 07.02.
Cold spell in Europe

Latest news, forecasts and background informations about the actual cold spell in Europe are available on the German webpage

Damaging Earthquakes Database 2011 – The Year in Review

new research report in the CEDIM Earthquake Loss Estimation Series

go to the report
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Earthquake in Eastern Turkey on Oct. 23 2011, M7.1-M7.3 CEDIM started a series of reports on its research on the earthquake and its impact go to the reports
FP7 REAKT CEDIM institutes contribute to new international project on eartquake risk reduction
more about REAKT
Satellitenbild 07.10.2011
Floods in Northern Thailand August - October 2011

read more about the floods (in German language)

Satellitenbild 15.09.2011
Floods in Pakistan, September 2011

read more about the event (in German language):

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Risk Analysis e-learning course developed by CEDIM researchers

for World Bank / GFDRR Natural Disaster Risk Management distant learning programm now being offered

Instructor’s manual for e-learning course
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seismic wallpaper - intelligent earthquake protection

wins award in German competition
"356 Orte im Land der Ideen"

prize-giving on July 15th (in German)
Satellitenbild 22.05.2011, 13:58 UTC, NOAA19 VIS Quelle: B.J.Burton
Vulcanic Eruption "Grimsvötn", Iceland

since May 21 2011: information on the eruption and dispersion simulation of ash particles based on the COSMO-ART model developed at KIT



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new partnership with Fraunhofer IOSB

in decision support systems and early warning technologies

press release (in German)
Seminar über aktuelle Fragen der Risikoforschung zum Honshu-Beben in Japan

Das GPI und CEDIM bieten im SS2011 ein Seminar für Studierende natur-, ingenieur- oder wirtschaftswissenschaftlicher Ausrichtung (ab 5. Semester) zu Fragen des Erdbebenrisikos an. Das Seminar findet montags von 12.00-13.30 Uhr im Seminarraum Geophysik (Geb. 6.42) statt und beginnt am 18.04.2011. Anmeldungen bis 13.04.2011 bei Prof. Dr. Friedemann Wenzel.

Weitere Infos im VAB des Seminars
Measurement of the Honshu-Earthquake - Magnitude 8.9, Japan, 11 March 2011 at GEOFON-station in Indonesia.
Honshu-Earthquake - Magnitude 8.9, Japan, 11 March 2011

CEDIM's information about earthquake, tsunami and consequences

more information
Vorschau Graphik
New CATDAT Earthquake Estimate

of economic and socio-economic losses of the Sendai earthquake

CATDAT Report No. 10
Changes of flood risk

project started on flood risk
in the Elbe catchment

CATDAT Damaging Volcanoes Database 2010 – The Year in Review

New Volume (2011-02) of CEDIM Loss Estimation Series
available for download

Critical infrastructures

new project launched to develop a decision support system

CATDAT Damaging Earthquakes Database 2010 – The Year in Review

New Volume (2011-01) of CEDIM Loss Estimation Series
available for download

Risk comparison Saxony

New CEDIM RiskExplorer

Now online
Risiko LOGO
Risiko 2.0 11. Forum Katastrophenvorsorge
January 18-19, 2011, Potsdam announcement and call for abstracts
"Wir sind nicht genügend auf Erdbeben vorbereitet"

contribution to ZEIT online
"Im Bann der Elemente"

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Next CEDIM-Workshop

January 17 2011, Potsdam

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Special Talk

"Mumbai Disaster Risk Management – Scientific Knowledge for Public Policy"
Prof. Ravi Sinha and Prof. Alok Goyal, IIT, Bombay
October 14th 2010, Geophysical Institute, building No 6.42

Population Estimation for Megacities:

Contribution to JB GIS / UN Spider booklet "Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management"

Now online
Report Yogya
New Research Report online:

Earthquake risk map development using GIS and optical satellite imagery: A case study for rural areas on Java, Indonesia 

Research Report
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Weather hazards - early warning

Analysis of heat wave in Eastern Europe (in German)
26.07. - 08/11/2010

more information
Weather hazards - early warning

Analysis heavy precipatation/floods in the alps, South-Eastern Germany, Czech Republic, Poland 
(in German)

more information
New Research report online:

Planning law aspects of flood protection in Baden-Württemberg (in German)

Research reports
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Seminar natural hazards and climate change

21-22. June 2010 at the GFZ Potsdam

more information
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Weather hazards - early warning

Analysis of volcanic eruption
"Eyjafjallajökull", Iceland
20.03. - 20.04.2010
(in German)

more information
Earthquake Loss Estimation Series
Earthquake Loss Estimation Series

Next Volume of Earthquake Loss Estimation Series available for download.

Publication in the Research Report
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Earthquake Loss Estimation Series

First Volume of Earthquake Loss Estimation Series available.

Research Reports
Willis Research Network

CEDIM has joint the Willis Research Network.

press article