Interview with Reinhard Mechler, Deputy Program Director at the Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
ENHANCE interviewed Dr Reinhard Mechler who tells about IIASA’s contribution to the project and shares findings on current and future flood risk and what this risk means to the European Union and the EU Solidarity Fund.
“You need to take a broad-based multi-attribute analytical approach for informing action for better bolstering the EU and its citizens against disaster risk today and in the future”, says Dr Reinhard Mechler.
Note to readers:
Reinhard Mechler has more than 15 years of experience working on the economics of disaster risk and resilience, risk modeling and climate change. He currently is deputy director of the Risk, Policy, and Vulnerability (RPV) research program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). He is also a visiting professor at the University of Graz, as well as a senior lecturer at the University for Economics and Business in Vienna. His research interests comprise catastrophe risk modeling, understanding the nexus between extreme events, climate change and development, the role of resilience in disaster risk management, innovative risk financing mechanisms for sharing disaster risks, and policy instruments for climate mitigation and adaptation. He acted as a lead author on the IPCC’s special report on adaptation to extreme events (SREX) and on the IPCC’s 5th assessment report (working group II). He has been leading and contributing to many international research and consultancy projects.