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The Fuzzy Boundaries between Post-disaster Phases after the Earthquake in L'Aquila - Italy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Diana Maria Contreras Mojica



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by International Federation of Surveyors (FIG), 2016.

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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 tim

Publication metadata

Author(s): Contreras D

Editor(s): Rebecca Strang Cromwell Manaloto

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: FIG Working Week 2016 - Recovery from disasters

Year of Conference: 2016

Pages: 1-20

Print publication date: 30/06/2016

Online publication date: 31/03/2016

Acceptance date: 31/12/2015

Date deposited: 29/03/2019

ISSN: 2307-4086

Publisher: International Federation of Surveyors (FIG)



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ISBN: 9788792853523