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Mapping Disastrous Natural Hazards Using Global Datasets

Published in Natural Hazards. 2005, vol. 35, no. 2, p. 265-289
Abstract The increased interest for categorising countries at risk calls for an improved methodology allowing comparison of natural hazard impacts at a global level. A disaster is the intersection between a hazardous event, the elements at risk (population, infrastructures) and their vulnerability. In order to associate reported impacts with affected elements and socioeconomic or geophysical contextual parameters, geographical location and extent of hazards is needed. The scope of this paper is to present improved automated procedures for a rapid mapping of large disastrous hazard events (floods, earthquakes, cyclones and volcanoes) using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and available global datasets. Up to 82% of the events and 88% of the reported victims could be geo-referenced and the results highlight both the potentialities and limitations of the methods applied.
Keywords Natural hazardsGeo-referencingGISCREDEM-DATRisk
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Research groups Laboratoire InfoGéo
Pôle/Institut Gouvernance de l'environnement et développement territorial (PI-GEDT)
Global Resource Information Database (GRID)
Pôle/Institut Gouvernance de l'environnement et développement territorial (PI-GEDT)
ISE Pôle Informatique environnementale
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PEDUZZI, Pascal, HEROLD, Christian, DAO, Quoc-Hy. Mapping Disastrous Natural Hazards Using Global Datasets. In: Natural Hazards, 2005, vol. 35, n° 2, p. 265-289. doi: 10.1007/s11069-004-5703-8 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:24352

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