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RISC-KIT "Summer" School II takes place in Portugal.
The course ran from 16 to 20 January 2017 at the University of the Algarve, Faro.
The second RISC-KIT Summer School-sometimes referred to as the Winter School-began in Faro, Portugal on 16 January. The course brought together PhD students and young researchers from Europe and beyond to learn about the RISC-KIT Hotspot tool and the MCA tool. Enrolled in this course were students from Honduras, Indonesia, India, Brazil, Canada and the USA, as well as the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, and Greece.
The training course included instruction on how to set up a Bayesian model for the evaluation of coastal risk and the predicition of the impact of impending events. The students also learned about the Ria Formosa case study and took a field trip Praia de Faro to see firsthand the risks faced by personal and commercial interests in the area. Students were taught how to incorporate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies into their forecasts for the site. The week wound up with a role-playing exercise where students took on the roles of different stakeholders and came together to simulate a Multi-Criteria Analysis to arrive at a consensus regarding the factors that are most imporatant to the community as a whole.
The course was hugely enjoyed by all and was very productive. Students described their experiences as, "I was expecting a comprehensive course on coastal risk and DRR and the course met my expectations", "The organization of the course structure was very well thought through. It had the right amount of pratical component for us to have a grasp on everything presented in such a short period.", and "For me, the strongest component of the Curriculum was that most of the time we could work together with the participants and the convenors. It was great to interact and learn from each other".
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