1. Geological, meteorological and hydrological processes and natural disasters
This line of research addresses the study of the physical environment processes that define the environmental susceptibility to phenomena that cause natural or induced disasters, including meteorological, hydrological, and continental and coastal geological processes. It includes risk mapping, geoenvironmental modeling and environmental monitoring as instruments for predicting and preventing natural disasters.
2. Social vulnerability and risk and natural disaster management
This line of research covers the studies of the interfaces between society and the environment, from a perspective of analysis of socio-environmental vulnerability to natural disasters and of structural and non-structural measures for risk reduction, including the role of social policies, of territorial management, and of forecasting and social communication strategies for the prevention of natural disasters.