19th International CODATA Conference
Category: Economic Development
Multi-hazard assessment at the national and local levels: Case studies in developing urban regions
Jacob and Art Lerner-Lam
Cities are centers of economic opportunity and culture, and are a natural focus for investment and development. The important role of cities is manifested globally in the trend toward increasing urbanization in most countries. However, the increased concentration of physical and cultural assets that accompanies urbanization also increases their exposure to geographically limited natural hazards. Urban assets can be fragile, especially in developing urban regions. Thus risk management in developing metropolitan areas must be a component of development policy.
paper summarizes the findings of a preliminary study of the natural hazards