Ermond Workshop April 8, 2015

A small group of 5 participants gathered on April 8th 2015 in Reykjavík, Iceland to discuss the database that has been prepared for the collection of data on natural hazards/disasters, resilience of ecosystems, and Eco-DRR in the Nordic region.
Present:
Anna María Ágústsdóttir, Soil Conservation Service (IS)
Alice Gaustad, Miljødirektoratet (NO)
Emmanuel Pagneux, IMO (IS)
Guðmundur Halldórsson, Soil Conservation Service (IS)
Karoliina Pilli-Sihvola, FMI (FI)

Guðmundur Halldórsson introduced the ERMOND project to new members, and his presentation followed a short discussion on project plan. Emmanuel Pagneux presented the database that has been prepared for the collection of data on natural hazards/disasters, resilience of ecosystems, and Eco-DRR in the Nordic region, as well as a list of possible indicators on natural hazards/disasters valid for Iceland.

Group discussions followed on :
Hazards to be considered
It is agreed that hazards to be considered for the overview should be restricted (as much as possible) to those for which Eco-DRR potential is suspected or substantiated.
Iceland: Avalanches and shallow slides – Erosion due to dust storms and tephra fall – Riverine floods and assimilated, glacial outbursts, coastal flooding (tentative) – Wildfire.
Finland: Wind storms (for their impact on forestry economy and energy distribution – Snow storms (create disruptions in networks) – Floods – Wildfire.
Norway: Hydro-meteorological hazards as a whole, including avalanches and shallow slides, riverine floods, storm surges, and urban flooding. The following websites were named by Alice:
http://www.skrednett.no/, http://atlas.nve.no, http://www.xgeo.no/aboutXgeo.html
Sweden: Undetermined for the time being
Denmark: Undetermined for the time being
Resolution / Spatial analysis: Should be based on national needs. The NUTS 3 scale is deemed convenient for Scandinavia. In Iceland, more detailed analysis (country divided into sub-regions), will be performed.

Actions
A core group of experts on natural hazards/disasters should be established before May 4 2015 to insure that collection of data and production of indicators on natural hazards/disasters can be achieved within the timeframe of task II-1.
Online repository will be created for data exchange purpose between experts of the core group.
The core expert group should be able to meet during the May 18-22 2015 workshop held in Iceland.

ECOSYSTEM RESILIENCE FOR MITIGATION OF NATURAL DISASTER