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Joy Ommer


Areas of interest

  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Hydrological Extremes
  • Risk Perception
  • Citizen Science

Research centres and groups

Environmental Science Research Division

Research projects

Reducing Risk to Hydrological Extremes with Nature-based Solutions

The overall expected outcome of my PhD will be an innovative Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) recommendation toolkit for Europe to enhance sustainable and evidence-based decision-making on NBS implementation, to mitigate risk to hydrological extremes in Europe.

To support this outcome, I am exploring environmental susceptibility, multi-hazard approaches and climate change in context with NBS as well as ex-ante assessment of their co-benefits and disbenefits.




I hold a BSc in Geography from the University of Cologne (Germany) and an MSc (with Commendation) in Disaster Management & Sustainable Development from the Northumbria University (UK).My MSc dissertation studied the risk perception and hazard knowledge acquisition of children.

As a trainee at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, I have been working on a regional vulnerability index to support risk reduction. Afterwards, I started my current position as a principal scientist exploring Nature-Based Solutions to reduce hydrometeorological hazards. I have a special interest in merging natural and social science for increased risk reduction as well as science communication.




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