An integrated approach to natural disaster assessment

Shannon Doocy, Yuri Gorokhovich

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Abstract

The growing awareness of the impact of natural disasters on human communities has raised awareness of the need for better measurements and models of vulnerability to disasters and for improved management of information that guides the humanitarian response. This paper describes an integrated approach to disaster assessment that will enhance the understanding of vulnerability and provide information for decision making in the post-disaster context. The study is a multidisciplinary approach that brings together the fields of physical science, demography, public health, and informatics. Modeling population vulnerability and risk in natural disasters, in conjunction with post-disaster assessments of surviving populations will enable governments and humanitarian organizations to make more informed decisions in terms of how to locate need and allocate resources in the aftermath of disasters. A case study on a post-earthquake assessment in Peru is presented. Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSolutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008 - Proceedings of the Solutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008
Pages1002-1011
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 18 2008
EventSolutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008 - Oahu, HI, United States
Duration: Apr 13 2008Apr 16 2008

Publication series

NameSolutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008 - Proceedings of the Solutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008
Volume312

Other

OtherSolutions to Coastal Disasters Congress 2008
CountryUnited States
CityOahu, HI
Period4/13/084/16/08

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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