Supported by NordForsk, it has been investigated how we as a society can best deal with major societal disasters.
NORDRESS aims to increase individual resilience through increased understanding of the physical and mental consequences that can occur in the aftermath of natural disasters such as massive floods, avalanches and volcanic eruptions. This resilience is investigated in individuals, communities, infrastructure and institutions.
The project is led by Dr Guðrún Pétursdótti, Director of the Institute for Sustainability Studies, and Dr Guðrún Gísladóttir, Professor of Geography at the University of Iceland, in collaboration with, among others, Professor Ask Elklit from the Danish Center for Psychotraumatology.
Among other things, the research project has investigated the long-term psychological impact that the experience of a disaster can have on children's health based on post-disaster PTSD symptoms.
The project is in its final phase, with an Icelandic team making four TV productions about the project, which will be shown on television in all the Nordic countries.