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02 Nov 2023  | An inception meeting of HUC’s Cross-Cutting Workgroup on High Mountains Data

Risk data of the High Mountains of Asia: stakeholder mapping and framework development

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02 November 2023 to 03 November 2023
Chi Huyen Truong (Shachi)
About the event

HUC, with partners, is poised to launch the Cross-cutting Workgroup on High Mountain Data. This meeting will bring together practitioners from the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region with expertise on the curation, production, or use of risk data. Professionals from different domains of risk data use will also clarify its different uses and applications globally.

The HiRISK project, funded by Mountain Research Initiative, is designed to consolidate regional knowledge on required and available data on risks in mountain contexts. The project aims to establish a comprehensive dashboard (hirisk.org) that will ideally serve as the primary platform for mountain risk data, its use and best practices in sharing and application in the region. Practitioners will also help identify the needs of all stakeholders towards the establishment of this dashboard.

We anticipate that the HiRISK project will lead to the development of draft guidelines on available and necessary risk data in High-Mountain Asia (HMA), carry out stakeholder mapping for risk data, and develop the dashboard to communicate risk data in HMA. This project and proposed data portal are being initiated based on the collective request from regional and international stakeholders, ranging from both academia, government, and non-government organisations responsible for hazard and risk management, insurance companies and media personalities.


  • Develop the first draft on guidelines for mountain risk data in the HKH region
  • Draft a framework for the data portal to be developed in 2024



Day 1: Tuesday, 02 November 2023 

Time (NPT) Programme

10:00 – 12:00

Introduction of all participants and their experiences on needs related to risk data in High-Mountain Asia

12:00 – 12:30 

Presentation by a global reinsurance company – Chandan Verma, SwissRe, India

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Brief presentation of available datasets and models (EMDAT, CLIMADA, OASIS)

Group work to define risk data, current gaps and potential

15:00 – 15:15

Tea break

15:15 – 15:45 ​

Presentation by a global risk modeler – FATHOM, UK

15:45 – 18:00

Group work to characterize relevant stakeholders/potential users and their capacities in data use, production and willingness to share and apply

18:00 – 20:00

Working dinner


Day 2: Friday, 3 November 2023

Time (NPT) Programme

09:00 – 10:30

Internal presentations on available datasets and data initiatives in HMA

10:30 – 11:00

In person presentation on data needs for global communication of risk – CarbonBrief, UK
11:00 – 11:10 Tea break

11:10 – 12:00

In person presentation on Oasis Loss Modelling Framework – Claire Souch, RMS, UK
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:50

Group discussion and sketching on visualisation of risk data, metadata, and related issues in an interactive dashboard

14:50 – 15:00

Tea break

15:00 – 16:00

Presentation by a mountain risk expert – Holger Frey, GAPHAZ, Switzerland

16:00 – 17:30

Steps ahead for production of dashboard and stakeholder interaction (clear tasks and timelines of team members)