Community perception and communication of volcanic risk from the cotopaxi volcano in Latacunga, Ecuador

Juan Camilo Gomez-Zapata, Cristhian Parrado, Theresa Frimberger, Fernando Barragán-Ochoa, Fabio Brill, Kerstin Büche, Michael Krautblatter, Michael Langbein, Massimiliano Pittore, Hugo Rosero-Velásquez, Elisabeth Schoepfer, Harald Spahn, Camilo Zapata-Tapia

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The inhabitants of Latacunga living in the surrounding of the Cotopaxi volcano (Ecuador) are exposed to several hazards and related disasters. After the last 2015 volcanic eruption, it became evident once again how important it is for the exposed population to understand their own social, physical, and systemic vulnerability. Effective risk communication is essential before the occurrence of a volcanic crisis. This study integrates quantitative risk and semi-quantitative social risk perceptions, aiming for risk-informed communities. We present the use of the RIESGOS demonstrator for interactive exploration and visualisation of risk scenarios. The development of this demonstrator through an iterative process with the local experts and potential end-users increases both the quality of the technical tool as well as its practical applicability. Moreover, the community risk perception in a focused area was investigated through online and field surveys. Geo-located interviews are used to map the social perception of volcanic risk factors. Scenario-based outcomes from quantitative risk assessment obtained by the RIESGOS demonstrator are compared with the semi-quantitative risk perceptions. We have found that further efforts are required to provide the exposed communities with a better understanding of the concepts of hazard scenario and intensity.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo1714
Páginas (desde-hasta)1-26
Número de páginas26
PublicaciónSustainability (Switzerland)
EstadoPublicada - 2 feb. 2021
Publicado de forma externa


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