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A Methodology for an integrated risk assessment of spatially relevant hazards

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Natural and technological disasters of the past have shown that such incidences significantly affect local and regional development. Faced with the task of ensuring economic, human and environmental development as well as insuring physical structures, planning authorities, insurance companies and emergency managers are looking for methodologies to identify highly sensitive areas in terms of their overall risk. Existing methodologies like the Natural Hazard Index for Megacities or the Total Place Vulnerability Index have limitations due to their sectoral approach, which makes them less useful for integrated spatial planning. This paper presents the Integrated Risk Assessment of Multi-Hazards as a new approach to serve as a basis for a spatial risk management process. The approach integrates various hazards into an integrated hazard map, combines this with the region's vulnerability and thus produces an integrated risk map. Moreover, the methodology offers a tool to derive weighting factors for hazards as well as for vulnerability components.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Planning Law, Faculty of Spatial Planning, University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany 2: Institute of Spatial Planning (IRPUD), Faculty of Spatial Planning, University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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