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Estimating the Impacts of Natural Hazards on Fatalities and Building Losses Conference Paper 2014

TitleEstimating the Impacts of Natural Hazards on Fatalities and Building Losses Conference Paper 2014
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
Authorsvan den Honert, R, Coates, L, Haynes, K, Crompton, R
Conference NameBushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Wellington Conference 2014
Date Published02/2015
Abstract

This paper is a first pass at quantifying the impacts of natural hazards on fatalities and building losses in Australia over the past century. The emphasis is on developing a methodology which allows the effects of societal changes (population and wealth) across time to be taken into consideration. This process, termed normalisation, effectively estimates the building losses or fatalities from an event as if the event were to impact present-day society, thus allowing a comparison of the most damaging natural hazard events, even if they occurred many years apart. PerilAUS, a database of natural hazard events in Australia and virtually complete since 1900, is described. Future research into losses from natural hazards in Australia is documented.

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