Uses and limitations of socioeconomic indicators of community vulnerability to natural hazards: Data and disasters in northern Australia

Authors
Citation
D. King, Uses and limitations of socioeconomic indicators of community vulnerability to natural hazards: Data and disasters in northern Australia, NAT HAZARDS, 24(2), 2001, pp. 147-156
Citations number
10
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Earth Sciences
Journal title
NATURAL HAZARDS
ISSN journal
0921-030X → ACNP
Volume
24
Issue
2
Year of publication
2001
Pages
147 - 156
Database
ISI
SICI code
0921-030X(2001)24:2<147:UALOSI>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
Advances in computer technology have made very large databases easily acces sible to users and managers. The census and land databases are of enormous use to hazard managers and planners. An extensive literature has identified groups of social, economic and demographic indicators that may be combined with physical and land data to predict and categorise levels of community vulnerability. Impact scenario mapping can be very precise and impressive i n its detail, but a range of constraints, such as ageing of the data, the a rbitrary nature of boundaries, problems of weighting indicators, and catego risation of vulnerability, impose limitations on the use of socioeconomic i ndicators to predict community vulnerability.