Talk1_Natural Disaster Prevention



Priv. Doz. Dr. Mag. Christoph Matulla

Senior Scientist, Climate Impact Group within the Climate Research Unit, ZAMG, Meteorological Service of Austria

Senior Lecturer University of Natural Resources Vienna, University of Vienna, University Salzburg, University Graz


Priv. Doz. DI Dr. Florian Rudolf-Miklau

Head of Department Torrent & Avalanche Barriers, Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Mountain Risk Engineering, University of Natural Resources Vienna


Dr. Susanne Hanger-Kopp

ETH Zürich, Climateprotection & - adaptation, EU climate adaptation policy

IIASA Research Scholar Risk and Resilience


Dr. Eberhard Faust

Munich Reinsurance Company

leading expert on global risk solutions on natural hazards in the Geo Risks Research/Corporate Climate Center




Magdalena Meergraf

Journalist The GAP, Monopol, Biorama, Kurier Health Extra

Avalanches, floods, earthquakes, storms, droughts and extreme weather are unfortunately not unknown natural disasters that (re)occur on an increasing level in Austria. Against the background of climate change and global warming, the discussion on how to prevent or - in the disastrous occurence of such an event - how to manage natural disaster situations, is as pressing one as ever.


Therefore this first panel discussion on "Natural Disaster Prevention" should highlight Austria`s efforts towards disaster control and natural disaster prevention on the occasion of the International Day on Natural Disaster Prevention, Friday 13th of October 2017..


Thanks to its special topography, no region in Austria is not effected by extreme weather. Next to regional damages, approximately every three years a natural catastrophy causes insured damages of more than 200 Million Euros, with an increasing tendency. The Alps experienced double of the 1°C climate warming compared to the global warming.

It is therefore highly necessary to take measures to prevent such natural catastrophies from happening, through precise climate models and disaster control organization.


Did you know that ...


... in July 2016 in 1140 of the 270 weather stations of ZAMG more than 40mm of rain fell in only 24 hours? In comparison: the average total rainfall in July in Austria is 130mm.

... Austria experiences 5 to 10 tornados each year?

... around 600 earthquakes are registered in Austria every year?

... lets you know if you live in a danger zone?


Come and join us for our panel discussion on October 13th if you want to know more about how prevention is done to prevent disasters!

Talk 1: Natural Disaster Prevention

Friday, 13th October 2017, 7pm,

Festsaal Diplomatische Akademie Wien

UN International Disaster Prevention Day