Communicating Unnatural Disasters

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Robin Lacassin , Iain Stewart, Sylvain Lavelle


Off the back of the 2017 hurricanes we extend the notion of human-influenced meteo-hydro hazards to include deeper geophysical events. We question where to place Human responsibility in a changing world, and we outline ways to bridge the gaps between scientist’s technical knowledge and ‘meaning’ as it is understood by people at risk.

This short Op-ed has been rejected by Science after two rounds of exchanges with editors (resulting in substantial revisions) then 2 peer-reviews. With the aim to open the debate before reshaping the paper, we upload the preprint to EarthArXiv. We welcome comments, discussions, suggestions, inputs !



Earth Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Risk Analysis, Social and Behavioral Sciences


Anthropocene, earthquake, Ethics, Natural Hazard, induced seismicity, disaster risk reduction, geocommunication, unnatural disaster


Published: 2018-01-02 15:42


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