Bringing the Ocean to Society
30 Jan 2017
EurOcean organises the 2nd RISC-KIT "Summer" School, Faro, Portugal
Running from 16 to 20 January 2017, the training course was an opportunity for students to learn about coastal managment approaces to disaster risk reduction.

The second RISC-KIT Summer School-sometimes referred to as the Winter School-began in Faro, Portugal on 16 January. The course brought together PhD students and young researchers from Europe and beyond to learn about the RISC-KIT Hotspot tool and the MCA tool. Enrolled in this course were students from Honduras, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Canada and the USA, as well as the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, and Greece.

The training course included instruction on how to set up a Bayesian model for the evaluation of coastal risk and the predicition of the impact of impending events. The students also learned about the Ria Formosa case study and took a field trip to Praia de Faro (Faro beach) to see firsthand the risks faced by personal and commercial interests in the area. Students were taught how to incorporate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies into their forecasts for the site. The week wound up with a role-playing exercise where students took on the roles of different stakeholders and came together to simulate a Multi-Criteria Analysis to arrive at a consensus regarding the factors that are most imporatant to the community as a whole.

EurOcean was delighted to take the leading role in organising this training course as part of our responsibilities on the theme of "dissemination" on this European project. The Faro summer school built on the success of the previous course, held in Ferrara, Italy, in September 2016 and attracted a large number of applicants from all over the world.

The course was hugely enjoyed by all and was very productive. Students described their experiences as follows:  "I was expecting a comprehensive course on coastal risk and DRR and the course met my expectations", "The organization of the course structure was very well thought through. It had the right amount of pratical components for us to have a grasp on everything presented in such a short period.", and "For me, the strongest component of the Curriculum was that most of the time we could work together with the participants and the convenors. It was great to interact and learn from each other".

For more information on the RISC-KIT Summer Schools as well as other outreach events, please visit the RISC-KIT website.