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Daily Precipitation Threshold for Rainstorm and Flood Disaster in the Mainland of China: An Economic Loss Perspective

by 1,2, 1,2,*, 1,2, 1,2 and 1,2
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Key Laboratory of Environmental Change and Natural Disaster, Ministry of Education, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
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Sustainability 2020, 12(1), 407; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010407
Received: 11 October 2019 / Revised: 31 December 2019 / Accepted: 1 January 2020 / Published: 4 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Geography and Sustainability)
Exploring precipitation threshold from an economic loss perspective is critical for rainstorm and flood disaster risk assessment under climate change. Based on the daily gridded precipitation dataset and direct economic losses (DELs) of rainstorm and flood disasters in the mainland of China, this paper first filtered a relatively reasonable disaster-triggering daily precipitation threshold (DDPT) combination according to the relationship between extreme precipitation days and direct economic loss (DEL) rates at province level and then comprehensively analyzed the spatial landscape of DDPT across China. The results show that (1) the daily precipitation determined by the combination of a 10 mm fixed threshold and 99.3th percentile is recognized as the optimal DDPT of rainstorm and flood disasters, and the correlation coefficient between annual extreme precipitation days and DEL rates reached 0.45 (p < 0.01). (2) The optimal DDPT decreases from southeast (up to 87 mm) to northwest (10 mm) across China, and the DDPTs of 7 out of 31 provinces are lower than 25 mm, while 5 provinces are higher than 50 mm on average. These results suggest that DDPTs exist with large spatial heterogeneity across China, and adopting regional differentiated DDPT is helpful for conducting effective disaster risk analysis. View Full-Text
Keywords: rainstorm and flood disasters; disaster-triggering daily precipitation threshold; extreme precipitation; direct economic losses; China rainstorm and flood disasters; disaster-triggering daily precipitation threshold; extreme precipitation; direct economic losses; China
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Liu, W.; Wu, J.; Tang, R.; Ye, M.; Yang, J. Daily Precipitation Threshold for Rainstorm and Flood Disaster in the Mainland of China: An Economic Loss Perspective. Sustainability 2020, 12, 407. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010407

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Liu W, Wu J, Tang R, Ye M, Yang J. Daily Precipitation Threshold for Rainstorm and Flood Disaster in the Mainland of China: An Economic Loss Perspective. Sustainability. 2020; 12(1):407. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010407

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Liu, Wenhui; Wu, Jidong; Tang, Rumei; Ye, Mengqi; Yang, Jing. 2020. "Daily Precipitation Threshold for Rainstorm and Flood Disaster in the Mainland of China: An Economic Loss Perspective" Sustainability 12, no. 1: 407. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12010407

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