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Disaster Risk Reduction: Seismic hazard analysis in Nepal

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I recently spent 9 months living in Kathmandu working with a local NGO (called NSET ) that specializes in earthquake risk mitigation. My project involved doing a new probabilistic seismic hazard analysis (PSHA) of Nepal which will go on to inform an update to the Nepali building code. I will briefly talk about my time spent doing a PhD in earthquakes at Caltech, and how this led to me becoming interested in international development and disaster risk reduction. I will spend most of the time talking about Nepal, my work there and PSHA , and general seismic hazard issues that the country faces. I will finish by talking about my fairly recently acquired job with RMS , a catastrophe modeling firm, which works mainly with insurance companies, but also with DFID , the World Bank etc. on some hazard/risk projects with developing countries. I will also briefly mention two shorter projects I was involved in: Ecotourism in Northern India as a volunteer, with an NGO based in India and Analyzing drought risk in Africa, as an intern at the UN based in Germany.

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