Geological hazards: From early warning systems to public health toolkits

Edgar Samarasundera*, Anna Hansell, Didier Leibovici, Claire Horwell, Suchith Anand, Clive Oppenheimer

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


Extreme geological events, such as earthquakes, are a significant global concern and sometimes their consequences can be devastating. Geographic information plays a critical role in health protection regarding hazards, and there are a range of initiatives using geographic information to communicate risk as well as to support early warning systems operated by geologists. Nevertheless we consider there to remain shortfalls in translating information on extreme geological events into health protection tools, and suggest that social scientists have an important role to play in aiding the development of a new generation of toolkits aimed at public health practitioners. This viewpoint piece reviews the state of the art in this domain and proposes potential contributions different stakeholder groups, including social scientists, could bring to the development of new toolkits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-119
Number of pages4
JournalHealth and Place
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work of the Small Area Health Statistics Unit is funded by Public Health England as part of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health.

Funding Information:
The Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College is grateful for support from the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care (CLAHRC) Scheme, the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre scheme, and the Imperial Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


  • Geology
  • GIS
  • Internet
  • Natural environment
  • World Wide Web


Dive into the research topics of 'Geological hazards: From early warning systems to public health toolkits'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this