Researcher | Consulting


Enabling knowledge for disaster risk reduction in integration to climate change adaptation


: EC FP7

Duration: 06/2013 – 05/2015


KNOW4DRR explores how knowledge on mitigation and adaptation is produced, shared, maintained, and used (or not used ) by a variety of stakeholders. It aims at identifying barriers to knowledge use and sharing as well as potential bridges among experts and professionals with different disciplinary backgrounds and different roles.
The creation of tools to enhance societal capacity to learn from past successes and mistakes and update its knowledge on natural extremes and climate change potential consequences is part of the project’s effort through workshops, seminars, and living labs.

Specific research input:
  • Use of spatial data in disaster risk reduction decision making
  • Workshop of local stakeholders on the successful application of geoinformation during the floods events 2013
  • International workshop organisation on networks in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Salzburg
  • Development of a knowledge framework to analyse the use of (spatial) information

As a result of the KNOW-4-DRR Project, a new paper presenting the concept of the Disaster-Knowledge Matrix has been published:

Spiekermann, R., Kienberger, S., Norton, J., Briones, F., Weichselgartner, J., 2015. The Disaster-Knowledge Matrix-Reframing and evaluating the knowledge challenges in disaster risk reduction. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 13: 96-108.


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