Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/45110
Authors: 
Birkmann, Jörn
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Research paper / UNU-WIDER 2008.50
Abstract: 
Current approaches of measuring vulnerability to natural hazards generally use a rather static perspective that focuses on a single point in time - often before a hazardous event occurs. In contrast, the paper argues that vulnerability assessment should also take into account the changing dynamics during and after a disaster. This paper provides a comparative analysis of the situation in Sri Lanka and Indonesia within the context of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The author presents concepts for measuring revealed vulnerabilities and methods of assessing the recovery process, and highlights the differing ways in which the tsunami affected the ongoing civil conflicts in both regions.
Subjects: 
vulnerability
dynamics
transition
natural hazards
fragile regions
Sri Lanka
Indonesia
coastal regions
tsunami
JEL: 
Q54
I39
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-098-2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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