Loss events triggered by natural hazards with sometimes disastrous effects occur within a strongly interconnected social and physical context, including climate change and economic crises. However, most research on natural hazards still lacks interdisciplinary approaches that consider natural and social processes equally. Although progress has been made to mitigate and adapt to natural hazards, the integration of different approaches remains a major challenge. In particular, in the development of plans for risk management against natural hazards in mountain regions.
This challenge is addressed by the Working Group Coupled Human-Landscape System, which is focusing risk and resilience issues in mountain regions that face different socio-economic and environmental risks. Mountain regions differ in their abilities to cope with these risks and in the way their resilience develops.
The focus is on:
The overall aim of the working group Coupled Human‐Landscape Systems is to combine existing knowledge on risk and resilience of communities from different disciplines and to advance the conceptual model based on Hossain et al. (2020). Through interdisciplinary research we seek to improve the theoretical and empirical understanding of key risk drivers and interdependent mechanisms existing within coupled human‐landscape systems in mountain areas. In doing so, we aim on the one hand to raise awareness on mountain hazards and their impacts on people and on the other hand to provide new and enhanced insights that will support decision-making processes. These aims will be achieved by accomplishing the following objectives: