Fostering Interdisciplinary Science to Improve Resilience to Natural Hazards: Characterization, Communication and Mitigation of Risks Arising From Multiple Hazards; Norwich, UK, 7–8 May 2009



Despite great scientific advances and humanitarian efforts, economic and human losses from natural hazards have increased in recent decades. This is largely a result of the growth in size and vulnerability of populations. Scientists additionally face the complexities of dealing with a broad range of hazards, including the seemingly inevitable increase in the severity and frequency of hydrometeorological events. To address these issues, the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council, together with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, sponsored a meeting to assess how the societal cost of natural disasters could be reduced through the development of new, integrated approaches to research.