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Sustainability 2015, 7(1), 962-987; doi:10.3390/su7010962

Development of a Meteorological Risk Map for Disaster Mitigation and Management in the Chishan Basin, Taiwan

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Department of Civil Engineering, National Central University, Chung-Li 32054, Taiwan
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Department of Social and Regional Development, National Taipei University of Education, Taipei 10671, Taiwan
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Department of Science Application and Dissemination, National Taichung University of Education, Taichung 40306, Taiwan
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Academic Editor: Yu-Pin Lin
Received: 3 October 2014 / Accepted: 8 January 2015 / Published: 16 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Land Use and Ecosystem Management)

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This study involved developing a natural disaster risk assessment framework based on the consideration of three phases: a pre-disaster phase, disaster impact phase, and post-disaster recovery phase. The exposure of natural disasters exhibits unique characteristics. The interactions of numerous factors should be considered in risk assessment as well as in monitoring environment to provide natural disaster warnings. In each phase, specific factors indicate the relative status in the area subjected to risk assessment. Three types of natural disaster were assessed, namely debris flows, floods, and droughts. The Chishan basin in Taiwan was used as a case study and the adequacy of the relocation of Xiaolin village was evaluated. Incorporating resilience into the assessment revealed that the higher the exposure is, the higher the resilience becomes. This is because highly populated areas are typically allocated enough resources to respond to disasters. In addition, highly populated areas typically exhibit high resilience. The application of this analysis in the policy of relocation of damaged village after disaster provides valuable information for decision makers to achieve the sustainability of land use planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: risk assessment; resilience; risk maps risk assessment; resilience; risk maps
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Lee, T.-L.; Chen, C.-H.; Pai, T.-Y.; Wu, R.-S. Development of a Meteorological Risk Map for Disaster Mitigation and Management in the Chishan Basin, Taiwan. Sustainability 2015, 7, 962-987.

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