Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 8, 839–854, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-8-839-2008
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 8, 839–854, 2008
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-8-839-2008

  11 Aug 2008

11 Aug 2008

Estimating hurricane hazards using a GIS system

A. Taramelli5,1, L. Melelli2, M. Pasqui3, and A. Sorichetta4 A. Taramelli et al.
  • 1Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, New York, Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, USA
  • 2Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  • 3Institute of Biometeorology – National Research Council, Firenze, Italy
  • 4Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "Ardito Desio", Università degli Studi di Milano, Milano, Italy
  • 5ICRAM – Marine Sciences Research Institute, via di Casalotti, 300, Rome, Italy

Abstract. This paper develops a GIS-based integrated approach to the Multi-Hazard model method, with reference to hurricanes. This approach has three components: data integration, hazard assessment and score calculation to estimate elements at risk such as affected area and affected population. First, spatial data integration issues within a GIS environment, such as geographical scales and data models, are addressed. Particularly, the integration of physical parameters and population data is achieved linking remotely sensed data with a high resolution population distribution in GIS. In order to assess the number of affected people, involving heterogeneous data sources, the selection of spatial analysis units is basic. Second, specific multi-hazard tasks, such as hazard behaviour simulation and elements at risk assessment, are composed in order to understand complex hazard and provide support for decision making. Finally, the paper concludes that the integrated approach herein presented can be used to assist emergency management of hurricane consequences, in theory and in practice.

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