Articles | Volume 13, issue 11
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2911–2926, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-13-2911-2013

Special issue: New developments and applications in early warning, monitoring...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 13, 2911–2926, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-13-2911-2013

Research article 19 Nov 2013

Research article | 19 Nov 2013

Analysis of human vulnerability to the extreme rainfall event on 21–22 July 2012 in Beijing, China

J. Liu and S.-Y. Wang J. Liu and S.-Y. Wang
  • Harbin Institute of Technology, School of Management, Harbin, China

Abstract. The aim of this study is to characterize the extreme rainfall event on 21–22 July 2012 in Beijing, and its impact on human vulnerability. Based on the available meteorological and rainfall data from Beijing meteorological stations and Surface Weather Observation Stations, the study draws hourly rainfall maps to simulate the rainfall amount and spatial distribution. Using these maps, this paper provides a quantitative analysis of the impact of the temporal and spatial characteristics of rainfall on the vulnerability of three population groups, according to age, gender and total number of victims. The results of three linear regression models indicate the different effects of extreme rainfall parameters on victims with different characteristics. The analysis of victim data in this extreme rainfall event represents the distribution and characteristics of victims in the eight affected districts, and concludes that the "vulnerable group" are males and adults in this extreme rainfall event. This paper is an initial effort to analyze the impact of an extreme rainfall event on the vulnerability of populations with different characteristics quantitatively, which can be used by stakeholders to prioritize the extreme rainfall event impact issues, and develop contingency plans to address and prevent the human and structural damages caused by the extreme rainfall events.

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