Development of the OpenQuake engine, the Global Earthquake Model’s open-source software for seismic risk assessment
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- Silva, V., Crowley, H., Pagani, M. et al. Nat Hazards (2014) 72: 1409. doi:10.1007/s11069-013-0618-x
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The Global Earthquake Model aims to combine the main features of state-of-the-art science, global collaboration and buy-in, transparency and openness in an initiative to calculate and communicate earthquake risk worldwide. One of the first steps towards this objective has been the open-source development and release of software for seismic hazard and risk assessment called the OpenQuake engine. This software comprises a set of calculators capable of computing human or economic losses for a collection of assets, caused by a given scenario event, or by considering the probability of all possible events that might happen within a region within a certain time span. This paper provides an insight into the current status of the development of this tool and presents a comprehensive description of each calculator, with example results.