DRC-Disaster Research Center

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Modeling the Interactions between Development and Regional Disaster Risk

Principal Investigator: Rachel Davidson
Graduate Research Assistants: Susan Brink
Funding Agency: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Study Description

In order to understand the root causes of risk and the full implications of mitigation and recovery decisions on a city’s development trajectory, a broad decision frame is needed that considers disasters in a long time framework and fully captures the many interactions between normal development processes and the ongoing cycle of mitigation preparedness, response and recovery. This research aims to understand the interactions between a city’s disaster risk and its development trajectory by 1) developing a system dynamics model capable of describing vulnerability and development, 2) applying the model to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Padang, Indonesia and 3) using the model to answer questions about development and disaster risk.