The suitability of disaster loss databases to measure loss and damage from climate change

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Abstract

This paper explores the suitability of disaster loss databases for documenting impacts of climate change particularly those related to extreme weather and slow onset events. The goal is to clarify the utility, quality, and relevance of disaster loss metrics in the context of climate-sensitive hazards such as floods, tropical cyclones, droughts, and so forth. Although, disaster loss databases hold great potential for assessing some of the impacts from climate change, several modifications are required to enhance the utility of existing disaster loss databases, primarily in regard to data availability and quality. In order to effectively utilise disaster loss databases, loss metrics and hazard classifications should be broadened, time horizons for loss estimation expanded as well as loss estimation techniques improved along with a coordinated development and implementation of data and database standards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-190
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Global Warming
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Climate change impacts
  • Disaster loss database
  • Extreme event
  • Loss and damage
  • Measuring losses
  • Natural hazards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Global and Planetary Change
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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The suitability of disaster loss databases to measure loss and damage from climate change. / Gall, Melanie.

In: International Journal of Global Warming, Vol. 8, No. 2, 01.09.2015, p. 170-190.

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