John L. LaBrecque is affiliated with the Commission on Geophysical Risk and Sustainability (GeoRisk Commission), International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Germany, and the Center for Space Research, University of Texas Austin, USA.


Disasters are complex phenomena that transcend scientific and political borders. International, interdisciplinary, and multi-
stakeholder collaborations are therefore vital in advancing our understanding of the underlying drivers and impacts of disasters.