People-centered, multi-hazard early warning systems in mountains: learning from the Fuego Volcano, Guatemala

Girón De León, Haniel, Rhyner, Jakob, Staudinger, Michael and Szarzynski, Joerg, "People-centered, multi-hazard early warning systems in mountains: learning from the Fuego Volcano, Guatemala" in Safeguarding Mountain Social-Ecological Systems A Global Challenge : Facing Emerging Risks, Adapting to Changing Environments and Building Transformative Resilience in Mountain Regions Worldwide ed. Schneiderbauer, Stefan, Fontanella Pisa, Paola, Shroder, John and Szarzynski, Joerg (Amsterdam: Elsevier B.V., 2023), 51-56.

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  • Author Girón De León, Haniel
    Rhyner, Jakob
    Staudinger, Michael
    Szarzynski, Joerg
    Book Editor Schneiderbauer, Stefan
    Fontanella Pisa, Paola
    Shroder, John
    Szarzynski, Joerg
    Chapter Title People-centered, multi-hazard early warning systems in mountains: learning from the Fuego Volcano, Guatemala
    Book Title Safeguarding Mountain Social-Ecological Systems A Global Challenge : Facing Emerging Risks, Adapting to Changing Environments and Building Transformative Resilience in Mountain Regions Worldwide
    Publication Date 2023-12-01
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier B.V.
    Start page 51
    End page 56
    Language eng
    Abstract The systematic use of risk concepts in dealing with natural hazards has appeared in science and practice only in recent decades. However, underlying principles and ideas have guided people, particularly those living in mountainous areas, for a very long time. The essential insight is probably that living in the mountains also means living with natural hazard risks. It is certainly possible to reduce these risks, but they can never be erased. In this context, early warning systems (EWS), or multihazard early warning systems (MHEWS), have proven to be a lifeline for communities in mountainous and volcanic areas. As a case study, the EWS of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala was studied to identify strengths and main weaknesses within its different components and the overall structure. Also, this research considered a resilience engineering approach to improve the system’s robustness, the necessary redundancy of components to increase reliability, resourcefulness, and the speed of response.
    Copyright Holder Elsevier Inc.
    Copyright Year 2023
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    DOI 10.1016/B978-0-12-822095-5.00008-5
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