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Protecting from natural hazards using new technologies. The role of the researcher (Pro-Tech Nature)
Start date: Jun 15, 2009, End date: Dec 14, 2009 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Natural hazards are atmospheric, earth or water processes that may damage people, property or other parts of the environment. Many of the effects of existing and predicted natural hazards are made worse by the location of human settlement. Communities spring up on plains, terraces and dune systems that have been created by natural hazards such as floods, earthquake faulting, wave action and changes in sea level. The main natural hazards met in Greece are: coastal flooding, earthquakes, river flooding, rural fires, landslides, erosion, weather (wind and rainfall), disasters caused by climate change. A researcher’s mission is to advance and communicate knowledge on hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Using an all-hazards and interdisciplinary framework, Universities foster information exchange and integration of activities among researchers, practitioners, and policy makers from around the world. They support and conduct research, and provide educational opportunities for the next generation of hazards scholars and professionals. The main aim of all events corresponded to the project “Pro-Tech Nature” is to enhance public recognition of researchers and their role in society and to encourage young people in Greece to embark on scientific career.

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