Expected results


The following paragraphs describe the expectations towards the results at the beginning of the project.

It is anticipated that the recommendations towards establishing a common standard and best practice in IRM on Extremely Rapid Mass Movements made by IRASMOS will have positive impacts on research-based policy at both the regional and European level. We stress here, that we expect those impacts to be based on our recommendations, while understanding, that none of these are legally binding in any way. We envisage an easily achievable transfer of IRM objectives and strategies towards landslides in general, as well as other potentially hazardous natural processes or a combination thereof.

On the local level, building codes and hazard zonation may benefit, be revised, or appropriately reformulated on the basis of IRM principles. The importance of risk sensitivity and risk evolution through time may warrant the implementation of obligatory regular quality reviews or audits to check whether hazard and risk maps are still up-to-date, or whether the local vulnerability to Extremely Rapid Mass Movements have changed substantially. The assessment of the design lifetime of various risk-related products will be an important asset for decision-support in this matter.




On the European level, results of the IRASMOS project may provide impulses for research focal points in sub-priorities. Moreover, with the gradual dissemination and acceptance of such best practice, future calls in EU Framework Programs may want to consider further and specifically targeted focus on risk-related issues in natural hazards research and mitigation, especially where their cost-efficient implementation is necessary. This instance may also be of importance with regard to knowledge transfer and exchange in cooperation activities with Third and developing countries, e.g. in EU INCO initiatives. IRM principles can be applied to other risk-related issues and allow an ideal platform of comprehensively addressing natural, technological, and other unexpected hazards and risks. Several crosscutting issues may be developed with regard to various environmental safety regulations, and international cooperation in natural hazards and disaster risk management on the European level.

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