Posted in Issue 99 April 2005 Pub. and Multimedia
The World Bank and the Earth Institute at Columbia University has published: Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Risk Analysis (ISBN: 0-8213-5930-4; $20; March 2005). It assesses the global risk of mortality and economic losses from disasters and combines exposure to six hazards—earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, drought, and cyclones—with historical vulnerability for two indicators of elements at risk—gridded population (allowing the estimation of risk levels at subnational scales) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per area. Case studies explore risks from particular hazards or for localized areas in more detail.