Articles | Volume 11, issue 2
Research article
08 Feb 2011
Research article |  | 08 Feb 2011

Communicating earthquake risk: mapped parameters and cartographic representation

J. M. Gaspar-Escribano and T. Iturrioz

Abstract. Earthquake risk assessment is probably the most effective tool for reducing adverse earthquake effects and for developing pre- and post-event planning actions. The related risk information (data and results) is of interest for persons with different backgrounds and interests, including scientists, emergency planners, decision makers and other stakeholders. Hence, it is important to ensure that this information is properly transferred to all persons involved in seismic risk, considering the nature of the information and the particular circumstances of the source and of the receiver of the information. Some experience-based recommendations about the parameters and the graphical representations that can be used to portray earthquake risk information to different types of audiences are presented in this work.