Integrating social vulnerability indicators in RiskScape's earthquake risk modelling

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Kwok, A.H. 2016 Integrating social vulnerability indicators in RiskScape's earthquake risk modelling. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2016/09 iv, 58 p.

Abstract: This report discusses the feasibility of integrating social vulnerability indicators in RiskScape’s earthquake risk models. It evaluates key social vulnerability variables that are being used in vulnerability assessments and risk modelling. It also discusses the relationship between social vulnerability factors and earthquake losses. Results of the report have identified opportunities and challenges in using social vulnerability variables as fragility functions, and suggest further analysis between social vulnerability variables and modelled earthquake losses in RiskScape. Additionally, mapping social vulnerability onto model outputs might be more useful for end users in pre-disaster decision-making processes. Potential social vulnerability indicators to be incorporated in RiskScape are presented. (auth)