Nordic Centre of Excellence on Resilience and Societal Security (NORDRESS)

By focusing on extreme weather, floods, mudslides, avalanches and volcanic eruptions, the Nordic Centre of Excellence NORDRESS will study the impacts of natural hazards on all the Nordic countries, from the local to the transboundary level.

Increasing number of natural disasters

During the past 30 years, the number of registered natural  disasters has more than quadrupled worldwide; in 2011 alone, 440 million people were affected by natural hazards.

NORDRESS will seek ways to increase societal resilience to crises caused by natural hazards. Resilience will be explored from the perspectives of individuals, communities, infrastructure and institutions.

Areas of research

NORDRESS aims to:

  • increase individual resilience through improved understanding of the mental and physical health effects of natural hazards
  • increase community resilience by understanding risk perception and community coping as well as strengthening public participation in hazard monitoring and early warning
  • increase infrastructure resilience by studying the effects of extreme weather, floods and avalanches on land, sea and air transport
  • increase institutional resilience by gaining an overview of emergency management in the Nordic countries, analysing laws and regulations regarding insurance and land-use planning and investigating how the Nordic welfare system can strengthen resilience before, during and after crises caused by extreme natural events.

Guðrún Gísladóttir

Project leader for NCoE NORDRESS, Professor Guðrún Gísladóttir, University of Iceland. Photo: NordForsk/Bård Gudim.