Natural Hazards

, Volume 72, Issue 3, pp 1409–1427 | Cite as

Development of the OpenQuake engine, the Global Earthquake Model’s open-source software for seismic risk assessment

  • Vitor Silva
  • Helen Crowley
  • Marco Pagani
  • Damiano Monelli
  • Rui Pinho
Original Paper

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Seismic hazard Seismic risk Loss assessment Open-source 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vitor Silva
    • 1
  • Helen Crowley
    • 1
  • Marco Pagani
    • 1
  • Damiano Monelli
    • 2
  • Rui Pinho
    • 1
  1. 1.GEM FoundationPaviaItaly
  2. 2.Swiss Seismological ServiceETHZurichSwitzerland

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