The SEISMIC RISK project focuses on how to evaluate, mitigate, communicate and govern seismic hazard and risk related to geothermal heat production and threatening urban societies. First, induced seismicity, if not regulated at all, may cause serious damage to infrastructure, even in the Helsinki Capital Region. Second, the process of permitting is very complex, unclear, and involves different sectors of society and many levels of governmental and municipal administration. Third, imaging the bedrock and soil conditions, assessing the infrastructure and mapping and evaluating induced hazard and risk as well as modelling the effects of seismic wave propagation in the Helsinki Capital Region provide the authorities with critical knowledge about the spatially variable risk levels for the decision-making and for developing crises preparedness plans. Communication of risk increases societal acceptance and prepare the society for potential risk and its mitigation with building codes, construction or environmental regulations.
The project work is divided into nine work packages, with one to five subtasks in each of them. The tasks are numbered in working order.