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Fuzzy boundaries between post-disaster phases: the case of L’Aquila, Italy

Contreras Mojica, Diana 2015. Fuzzy boundaries between post-disaster phases: the case of L’Aquila, Italy. Presented at: FIG Working week 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2 - 6 May 2016. Published in: Strang, Rebecca and Manaloto, Cromwell eds. International Federation of Surveryor (FIG), pp. 1-20.

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A number of indices have been developed for measuring vulnerability to natural phenomena, but little attention has been paid to recovery indices particularly with respect to earthquakes. Post-disaster periods are usually divided into four phases based on specific time. The name established by the UNDP ("relief", "early recovery", "recovery" and "development") have been used in this working paper. This research examines the hypothesis that the time between post-disaster recovery phases is fuzzy and should be defined by the progress achieved in the recovery process, rather than by the amount of time elapsed since the event. The methodology employed involved four steps: (1) fieldwork, (2) mapping, (3) the selection of indicators, and (4) assessment. The case study area was L’Aquila in Italy, which was struck by an earthquake in 2009. Each phase of the recovery process at L'Aquila was assigned a score according to the progress observed at April 2014, with the highest score going to the early recovery phase (6 points), followed by the recovery (4 points), the development (2 points), and the relief phase (1 point). The results have demonstrated the possibility of determining post-disaster recovery phases in an affected area according to its achievements measured through indicators rather than in terms of time.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: International Federation of Surveryor (FIG)
ISSN: 2307-4086
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 31 December 2015
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2021 10:30

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