Risk is defined as the probability of some hazard occurring multiplied by the impact that hazard may have on an individual, population, or system.Improving risk perceptions in weather and climate requires better technology and communications strategies, personal accountability, and trust.
Hurricane Ian in southwestern Florida will prove to be yet another unfortunate case study for weather, emergency management, and social science communities to tackle, and they will likely focus on three major factors: COVID migrations, a false sense of risk, and shifting risk.
"And so the potential that we saw that afternoon, when, as we're looking at it, everything is coming together for this fire to burn all the way down into Redding. Tonight." Alex Hoon, NV Energy
Given the era that we are in with data fusion, data science, data engineering, and all of these platforms and proliferation of data, it will be interesting to me to see how we fuse it all together to make meaningful insights to make quicker emergency management decisions but not overwhelm people.