Role in RISC-KIT: The main tasks of UNICAEN within RISC-KIT will be contribute with Emmanuel Garnier unique expertise to the WP 1 by (i) study archives and bibliography to estimate the frequency and the severity of littoral hazards; (ii) study the impacts (economy, health and demography) of these disasters and the strategies of resilience elaborated by societies in the history, more particularly in the memory of the risk and in its preservation until today.
Description: The “Centre de Recherche d’Histoire Quantitative CRHQ” of the University of Caen that was set up by Pierre Chaunu in 1966 carries the renowned heritage of quantitative and serial history that gave rise to database production and to the creation of major surveys. Its activity has been enriched thanks to the development of computer-aided cartography that makes up one strong point of several main axes of the activity of the CRHQ. This is illustrated by the production of atlases.
Today the CRHQ integrates new critical questionings that take into account many of the epistemological and methodological developments of the last few years. It also provides acknowledged quantitative resources to the scientific community. The set of themes held by the CRHQ researchers show an innovative ability to link serial aspect and case studies, quantitative and qualitative aspects.
The CRHQ is involved in the activity of two scientific interest groups (GIS) (“Maritime History” and “Climate – Environment – Society”) and is linked by agreement to the Atomic Energy Commission (LSCE-CEA) for the storage and the exploitation of climatic data.
Lead person: Emmanuel Garnier
Historian of the environment specialized in the history of the climate and the risks.