Committee on Georisk Assessment and Mitigation

History and Background

As the global population continues to increase, our society is becoming increasingly vulnerable to various types of geohazards, such as landslides, debris flows, soil liquefaction, sinkholes and ground settlement. Effective characterization, assessment, and mitigation of these hazards are important tasks for the sustainability of human beings. Nevertheless, geohazards are complex natural or artificial phenomena that are associated with significant amounts of uncertainties. In recent years, risk analysis has emerged as an effective tool to assess and manage geohazards with explicit consideration of the uncertainties involved, and has been increasingly adopted in different countries and regions.

Despite these advances, the effective management of geohazards still faces numerous challenges, including: (1) Efficient and effective identification of diverse geohazards across extensive regions; (2) Quantification of uncertainties associated with geological conditions, geotechnical models, soil parameters, and environmental loads amidst limited data availability; (3) Assessment of the likelihood of different types of geohazards in the face of these uncertainties; (4) Assessment of the vulnerabilities of various types of elements at risk due to geohazards; (5) Evaluation of the direct and indirect consequences of geohazards; (6) Enhancement of the resilience of elements at risk against geohazards?

The complexity of these unresolved issues limits the application of risk analysis for geohazard management. Therefore, the need for a joint global effort to develop innovative solutions is apparent, necessitating the establishment of an academic platform to promote research and practical initiatives related to georisk assessment and resilience enhancement.


Aims and Perspectives

The missions of the Committee on Georisk Assessment and Mitigation are to: (1) Assemble a global community of talents who are passionate about contributing to research and practical applications of georisk management; (2) Facilitate communication of the latest research findings and best practices related to georisk assessment and mitigation; (3) Advocate for the research and application of risk analysis for geohazards management and resilience enhancement; (4) Create educational resources focused on georisk assessment and mitigation; (5) Organize conferences and other academic activities centered on georisk assessment and management; (6) Review and promote the state of the art of theories and methodologies in systematic prevention and control of geo-disasters.



Hong-Hu Zhu, Dr. Prof., Nanjing University, China

Jie Zhang, Dr. Prof., Tongji University, China 


Yang Yu, Dr., Associate Prof., Zhejiang University, China

Dao-Yuan Tan, Dr., Associate Prof., Nanjing University, China

Advisory Board:

Jian-Bin Peng, Dr., Prof., Academician, Chang'An University, China

Kok Kwang Phoon, Dr., Prof., Academician, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Bin Shi, Dr., Prof., Nanjing University, China

Hong-Wei Huang, Dr., Prof., Tongji University, China

Jian-Hua Yin, Dr., Chair Prof., The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Committee Members:

Ali Khodam, Dr., Lecturer, Arak University of Technology, Iran

Ankit Garg, Dr., Associate Prof., Shantou University, China

Behzad Fatahi, Dr., Associate Prof., University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Biao Li, Dr., Associate Prof., Concordia University, Canada

Chang-Dong Li, Dr., Prof., China Univ. of Geosciences, Wuhan, China

Chao Shi, Dr., Assistant Prof., Nanyang Technological Universit, Singapore

Dong-Sheng Xu, Dr., Prof., Wuhan University of Technology, China

Gordon Gongdan Zhou, Dr., Prof., Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Huafu Pei, Dr., Prof., Dalian University of Technology, China

Ioannis E. Zevgolis, Dr., Assistant Prof., National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Kaushal Raj Gnyawali, Dr., University of British Columbia, Canada

Lei Wang, Dr., Assistant Prof., University of Cincinnati, USA

Lihui Li, Dr., Prof., Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences  , China

Maria Ferentinou, Dr., Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Mingliang Zhou, Dr., Associate Prof., Tongji University, China

Mohammad Azarafza, Dr., Senior Researcher, University of Tabriz, Iran

Narala Gangadhara Reddy, Dr., Assistant Prof., Kakatiya Institute of Technology and Science, India

Naveen BP, Dr., Associate Prof., Amity University Haryana, India

Ping Shen, Dr. Assistant Prof., University of Macau, China

Wenping Gong, Dr., Prof., China University of Geosciences (Wuhan), China

Wu Zhu, Dr., Prof., Chang'An University, China

Zhan, Weiwei, Dr., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Zhijun Wu, Dr., Prof., Wuhan University, China

Zhongkai Huang, Dr., Assistant Prof., Tongji University, China

Zhongqiang Liu, Dr., Senior Researcher, NGI, Norway


Yong Kong, Dr., Post-doctoral Fellow, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China

Ding-Feng Cao, Dr., Associate Prof., Sun Yat-sen University, China


All interested members are welcome to join!


Links to the related events:

Training Course on 2023 Scientific Observation and Prevention of Reservoir Geological Hazards, 19-20 June 2023, Fengjie, Chongqing, China