SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH // TIREX project: feedback on the results presented to the population


After five years of post-Irma scientific research, the researchers from the University of Montpellier in charge of the TIREX project detailed their conclusions in the form of scientific recommendations, during four half-days in different neighborhood centres.

Behind the TIREX project (Transfert des Apprentissages de Retours d'Expériences Scientifiques) funded by the National Research Agency, there are some thirty scientists from, among others, the Laboratory of Geography and Development of Montpellier (LAGAM) and specialized in analysis of the impacts caused by natural disasters. At the end of October 2017 and in collaboration with the University of the Antilles and Météo France, a dozen researchers landed on the devastated island of Saint Martin to carry out a scientific experience feedback (RETEX) which was then analyzed, interpreted and transmitted to the local partners for a more resilient restructuring of the territory, risk and crisis management, and population protection. Three main recommendations emerge from the TIREX report: better prepare for intense events, improve crisis management by adapting to the most exposed areas, rebuild in an appropriate way and in the long term. Testimonials are essential in a scientific approach of this ilk, out of a hundred recorded live by researchers, fifteen people continued to share their experiences until 2021, twice a year. Monique Gherardi, geographer and engineer in processing, analysis and representation of spatial information, and Stéphanie Defossez, geographer, researcher and lecturer in geography at Paul-Valéry-Montpellier 3 University, invited the population to take part in a presentation session of the results of the TIREX project. Maps, diagrams, photographs taken by drones, everything was exposed and explained by the two scientists, whether it is the evolution of the reconstructions, the rate of looting, the levels of impact, the management of waste (1,7 tons per inhabitant after Irma) or “before/after” shots. The four sessions scheduled respectively in Quartier d'Orléans, Sandy Ground, Marigot and Grand-Case unfortunately did not have the hoped-for success, which is a great shame given the huge interest in such feedback for a territory that is more than ever affected by natural disasters. Finding out about the results of the TIREX project helps to better prepare for natural risks, so be curious:  _Vx

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