Natural hazards (Safety and security)

Dealing with natural hazards on an ongoing basis is a complex task, the significance of which is growing as a result of climate change and the increase in population density. Effective protection against natural hazards requires an integral approach: preventive and damage limitation measures, incident management as well as long-term, post-event reconstruction measures all need to be brought into alignment.

The scope of our services includes conceptual and strategic approaches to dealing with various threats, current and future risks and the efficiency of protective measures.

We have many years of extensive experience dealing with traditional natural hazards such as floods, landslides, falling rocks, hail, storms and earthquakes. We are also familiar with the impacts of climate change and other threats such as invasive species. Our work focuses on the following areas:

  • Qualitative and quantitative risk analyses
  • Assessment of natural risks to people, property and the environment
  • Development and evaluation of effective measures on the basis of cost-effectiveness analyses

We attach special importance to the following issues:

  • Risk overviews and risk maps with recommendations for the most efficient use of resources
  • Concepts and strategies for dealing with natural hazards
  • Climate change adaptation: identifying where there is a need for action; defining and evaluating adaptation measures and developing adaptation strategies
  • Participative risk management in workshops and the targeted use of IT tools to promote public dialogue about risk
  • Informing and sensitizing those affected by natural hazards with targeted communication and information platforms
  • Training in natural hazard risk management