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Generating tsunami risk knowledge at community level as a base for planning and implementation of risk reduction strategies

Wegscheider, Stephanie and Post, Joachim and Zosseder, Kai and Mück, Matthias and Strunz, Günter and Riedlinger, Torsten and Muhari, Abdul and Anwar, Herryal Z. (2010) Generating tsunami risk knowledge at community level as a base for planning and implementation of risk reduction strategies. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, pp. 249-258. Copernicus Publications. ISSN 1561-8633.

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More than 4 million Indonesians live in tsunami-prone areas along the southern and western coasts of Sumatra, Java and Bali. Although there now exists a Tsunami Early Warning Center in Jakarta, installed after the devastating 2004 tsunami, it is essential to develop tsunami risk knowledge within exposed communities as a basis for tsunami disaster management. Communities need to implement risk reduction strategies to mitigate potential consequences. The major aims of this paper are to present a risk assessment methodology which (1) identifies areas of high tsunami risk in terms of potential loss of life, (2) bridges the gaps between research and practical application, and (3) can be implemented at community level. High risk areas have a high need of action to improve people’s response capabilities towards a disaster and thus to reduce the risk. The methodology developed here is based on a GIS approach and combines hazard probability, hazard intensity, population density and people’s response capability to assess the risk. Within the framework of the GITEWS (German-Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System) project, the methodology was applied to three pilot areas; one of which is southern Bali. Bali’s tourism is concentrated for a great part in the communities of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Here alone, about 20,000 people live in high and very high tsunami risk areas. The development of risk reduction strategies is therefore of significant interest. A risk map produced for the study area in Bali can be used for local planning activities and the development of risk reduction strategies.

Document Type:Article
Title:Generating tsunami risk knowledge at community level as a base for planning and implementation of risk reduction strategies
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Wegscheider, Stephaniestephanie.wegscheider@dlr.de
Post, Joachimjoachim.post@dlr.de
Zosseder, Kaikai.zosseder@dlr.de
Mück, Matthiasmatthias.mueck@dlr.de
Strunz, Günterguenter.strunz@dlr.de
Riedlinger, Torstentorsten.riedlinger@dlr.de
Muhari, AbdulDKP
Anwar, Herryal Z.LIPI
Journal or Publication Title:Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 249-258
Publisher:Copernicus Publications
Keywords:Tsunami risk, risk knowledge, risk assessment, risk management
HGF - Research field:other
HGF - Program:other
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:no assignement
DLR - Program:no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):other
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Civil Crisis Information and Geo Risks
Deposited By: Stephanie Wegscheider
Deposited On:01 Feb 2011 10:05
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 21:14

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