RMS joins Global Earthquake Model Foundation

RMA has joined the Global Earthquake Model Foundation, an international public-private partnership that develops and shares open-source earthquake hazard and risk assessment software, models and data.

In the last 12 years, GEM has contributed substantially to the broader objectives of the disaster risk reduction community through partnerships, research, technical cooperation, training and distribution of open tools that have been used to build a global mosaic of earthquake hazard models and to develop a global risk model centered on the physical and financial risk to the built environment and human population.

John Schneider, GEM secretary-general, said: “GEM has become widely known for its work and its contribution to improving the state of knowledge of earthquake risk. Working with RMS to advance earthquake science and open data can further strengthen our scientific insights and commitment to understand, evaluate, and manage earthquake risk especially in underserved regions of the world.”

Mohsen Rahnama, chief risk modelling officer, RMS, added: “RMS started at Stanford University by developing earthquake models for California. The science around earthquakes continues to grow and develop, as does the technology that helps support even greater analysis and understanding of these catastrophic events. RMS has long admired the work of GEM and we are pleased to now be part of this prestigious foundation. We look forward to working with the other members of GEM as we move towards advancing global earthquake understanding and knowledge.”

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