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UK-China study to tackle earthquakes

Edinburgh scientists are taking part in a UK-China initiative to develop expertise on better managing natural disasters.

The programme will develop new expertise on disaster resilience that can be shared in the UK and China.

Natural disasters

Researchers in the School of GeoSciences will lead a study to help build resilience to future earthquakes in China, as well as associated events such as landslides and floods.

The UK team will work with colleagues in Beijing to estimate and communicate the risk from earthquakes better.

Their study will be based on one of the oldest historical archives of such events in the world, in combination with data from the digital age.

The project will be carried out in collaboration with University College London and the University of Science and Technology China.

Research initiatives

It is one of several taking place in a strategic research partnership programme to be delivered by UK and Chinese scientists.

Projects include research into mapping risks using new data, enabling communities to plan for disasters and manage risks, and investigating how science can best inform governance and policy around risk-reduction and managing disasters.

The programme is facilitated by RCUK China, jointly supported by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council, including support from the Newton Fund, and matched equivalent funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC).  

The ultimate aim is to support local authorities and decision-makers in developing and applying disaster risk reduction strategies, before events happen.

Professor Ian MainSchool of GeoSciences