|Title||Estimating the Impacts of Natural Hazards on Fatalities and Building Losses Conference Paper 2014|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||van den Honert, R, Coates, L, Haynes, K, Crompton, R|
|Conference Name||Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Wellington Conference 2014|
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.